Over the weekend we had some fantastic news and we’re delighted to announce that, for the second year running, we have been shortlisted for the Music Education Council Major Award.
Dubbed the Oscars of the arts education sector, over 280 industry guests including teachers, hub leaders, musicians and VIPs – representing the best and brightest in performing arts education come together to celebrate excellence in music education.
Fiona Pendreigh, MEC Chair Elect and member of the 2017 MEC Music Education Awards Panel announced the short-list for the MEC Music Education Awards on Saturday during the Music Mark Conference.
Following Friday’s announcement of the Long-list, Fiona said
“MEC believes these awards offer the opportunity to promote widely the value and importance of everybody’s work, helping to secure the future of high quality music education for all. Choosing just six to form the long list was a supremely difficult task, and narrowing those down further to the top three meant losing some truly inspiring examples of music education delivery.
“Our short-list, therefore, represents the best of the best; each going that extra mile and shining out as true beacons of exemplary practice. Congratulations to the following applicants:
Birmingham Music Education Partnership
Bristol Plays Music
East Ayrshire Council
Over the coming months, MEC will work with each of these to highlight what it is that makes them stand out from the other submissions and to show how they make a difference.”
Lincoln Abbotts, MEC Trustee and Chair of the 2017 MEC Music Education Awards said
“These awards celebrate the music services and hubs across the UK that demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision. They allow MEC to highlight excellent practice and offer the opportunity to promote widely the value and importance of everybody’s work.
“This year all of the submissions demonstrated elements of exemplary work that MEC will want to share across the coming year… as being particularly imaginative, creative, ambitious and inspirational.”
Bristol Plays Music have also been nominated for Best Digital Resource for a Bristol Minute of Listening and Best Classical Music Education Initiative for our Monteverdi 450 Project with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras the winner of which will be chosen by a public vote on www.classicfm.com
Congratulations to all of our partner hubs who were shortlisted and we look forward to celebrating with you when the the winner is announced at the ceremony on 22nd February 2018 at the Awards for Excellence ceremony at Rhinegold’s Music and Drama Education Expo.