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SoundCity makes 'longlist' - Music Education Awards

Music Education Council celebrates excellence in music education

The judges have announced their longlist for the 2016 MEC UK Music Education Awards.

Kathryn Deane, Chair of the judging panel said: “Judging these awards gets tougher every year, as standards climb. Our commendations of the 13 entries we have longlisted shows clearly that any of them could be our eventual winner."

“This is the first time we have publicly announced a longlist. We have done so because we know we have to lose many excellent submissions when we draw up our shortlist, and we wanted to make sure they were commended here first.”

SoundCity Brighton & Hove Commended for: Breadth and strength of vision: not just a music hub, but an integral part of Brighton’s ambitions for wellbeing, employment and digital skilfulness. Youth voice is strong; so is peer learning for teachers and musicians. Music activity ranged across different sectors, producing diverse impacts in different settings: singing strategy focused this year on boys; tuition was provided in ten genres; the newly-launched Orchestra 360 is not only for young people with SEND, but their siblings and parents/carers too.

These awards celebrate music education hubs (in England) and music services (in other countries of the UK) which demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision. The awards also 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.

Formerly the National Music Council Music Education Awards, and now run by the Music Education Council, they are again working in collaboration with Rhinegold Media & Events. From the longlist announced today the judges will be selecting their shortlist. The winner will be announced as part of Music Teacher magazine’s Awards for Excellence at a gala dinner during Music Education Expo 2017.

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