BPM is shortlisted for Music Education Hub of the Year!

The shortlist for the Music Education Council Music Education Awards 2016 has been announced. It follows MEC’s announcement on 9 November of its first ever longlist for these awards.

Kathryn Deane, chair of the judging panel said:

‘Choosing just seven of our 13 longlisted submissions has been a wrench. Every one of those we had to let go has merit, and we look forward to receiving submissions from them in the future.

‘Our shortlist, therefore, contains the very best of entries. Great music making and learning we expect, but these entries also offered a sense of strategic purpose and a deep understanding of the modern role of music service agencies.’

The overall winner of the Music Education Council Music Education Awards 2016 will be presented at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence ceremony as part of Music Education Expo 2017.

The panel said of Bristol Plays Music:

Here’s a hub that takes its cues from the Stanford principles of collective impact and collaborative action: easy to say, but hard to pull off. We thought Bristol Plays Music were already well on the road to success, especially with its flagship inclusion strategy A new ambition for inclusive excellence, which has set itself the challenge of transforming music education for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, and for looked after children.

This is a bold, cohesive, approach that is delivering impressive work across many areas including inspirational first access provision. A new El Sistema-inspired programme is credited by one school as helping it transform from “special measures to the good school it is today”. And we liked the continuation of the Beat Lab creative music technology programme. Backing this up is a detailed curriculum package for schools and a comprehensive CPD programme. And the hub is using Sound and Music’s Minute of listening pack to support the development of those crucial listening skills.

And the music just flows out; the highlight probably being BBC Radio 3’s live broadcast featuring the South West Open Youth Orchestra, The ReVoice neurological choir, Bristol Youth Choir and British Paraorchestra.

We’re thrilled, fingers and toes are crossed for the announcement in February!