Working with industry partners

To ensure our music qualifications remain relevant and market leading, we’re working with a number of organisations to share and develop best practice in the study of music qualifications in the UK.

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Their contributions include sharing knowledge about what diversity and representation means for music and the music industry and sharing their experiences of developing their own curriculum or pathways towards more inclusive solutions for musical engagement.

We’re proud to connect to their work and bring their expertise into ours, as we progress towards a future of inclusive music study and open up the routes to higher education and a career in the music industry.

We’re pleased to be working with the following partners:

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Music Masters are leading the way in changing the story of music education. They have spent years pioneering an award-winning approach to music education, making it accessible to all. Every single child should have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary power of music in their lives, no matter their background.

By championing diversity and inclusion in music education, they challenge what is possible and provide excellence for everyone.

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MiSST works with secondary schools who serve disadvantaged and sometimes challenging communities by providing not only enhanced staffing and funding for classical instruments, but also regular support, opportunities to perform and a programme of excellence that is unrivalled in the UK.

Through their partner schools, MiSST works with young people of all backgrounds and abilities, helping to remove the barriers between them and classical music. Every MiSST student takes the benefits of the programme back home with them. Their participation and smallest achievements are a source of pride for the whole family.

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Musicians' Union is the UK trade union for all musicians representing around 32,000 members working right across the music industry.

The Musicians Union stands up for employed and self-employed musicians working in every area of the UK music industry, including music education. Plus, they work to maximise the employment and overall income of musicians as well as protecting and improving working conditions.

Additionally, the Musicians Union lobby government at all levels and campaign on a national and international scale on issues of relevance to their members. They also, actively oppose all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, class, caring responsibilities, marital status, sexuality, disability, age, or other status or personal characteristic.

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The Ivors Academy is the UK’s independent professional association for music creators. They are a community of diverse, talented songwriters and composers across all styles. Their talent creates the music that the world loves.

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Odyssey Educational trust believes that all children should be challenged and encouraged to reach their full potential and have their achievements celebrated. They work in partnership as a trust to build a learning community where everyone is valued, cared for and happy. They believe that offering their children a creative and stimulating curriculum based on first hand learning experiences makes learning fun and challenging for all.

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The Greater London Authority (GLA) was established by the GLA Act 1999. Its staff are appointed by the Head of Paid Service, the GLA’s most senior official, and serve both the Mayor and the London Assembly.

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The Music Education Council (MEC) acts as a medium for bringing together in a working relationship those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training, thereby creating a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.

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UK Music is an industry-funded body, established in October 2008, to represent the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry.

Through collective representation, UK Music promotes the interests of record labels and music publishers (major and independent), songwriters, composers, lyricists, musicians, managers, producers, promoters, venues and collection societies.

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Sing Up is a limited company which operates on a mission-driven, not-for-profit basis. Their core goal is to ensure that children and young people have opportunities to sing regularly. All profits after tax are reinvested in developing more songs and resources or gifted to their charity, the Sing Up Foundation.

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Southwark Music Service aims to enrich the lives of all Southwark children and young people by making the learning of music dynamic, energetic, varied and fun. They work with partners in the Southwark Music Hub to maximise the many diverse musical opportunities for those living and learning in Southwark.

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The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music.

Since 1882, they have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. They support almost 11,000 members across the UK and Ireland with their unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. They also campaign tirelessly in support of musicians' rights, music education and the profession as a whole.

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The group of Initial Teacher Educators have recently found a new home at the ISM.

Collectively, they are keen to be part of this uniquely placed organisation. Their diverse membership spans wide representation from across UK music education, including musicians and educators working in a wide variety of settings, schools, hubs, music services, higher education institutions, conservatoires and other organisations and businesses involved in music education.

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FutureDJs’ mission is to remix music education. We achieve this by providing free resources, equipment and support for music teachers to help them engage their students through modern music that they listen to. We work with brand partners such as Soundtrap (Spotify), Pioneer DJ, University of West London and others to create real-world outcomes and opportunities for our students.

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