We contribute to a vibrant ecosystem
We believe that working together with others brings the best value for everyone involved in learning, teaching and performing music.
We're lucky to have great partners collaborating with us on everything from developing musical leadership and promoting accessibility to sharing resources and expertise. They help us provide training, contribute to our research and, like us, champion music learning in all its forms. The support we give comes in many forms, including scholarships, project funding and sponsorships, such as our annual International Sponsorship Fund.
How we do it
As Classic FM's partner in music education, we jointly aim to raise the profile of music teaching and support teachers. Initiatives have included Shine (our 2017 free event celebrating music teaching and learning) and Classical 100 (a free online resource for UK primary schools). With support from Arts Council England, we've set up the Music Commission to carry out a fundamental review of how to best support progression in music learning - the first of its kind in the UK. We've also worked with Music Mark and the Greater London Authority to develop Learn Music London, a free online guide to help parents find music-learning opportunities for their children.
We help to ensure that musicians are equipped with the confidence and skills to convey their artistic ideas and direct ensembles, so that they're ready to inspire and nurture the next generation of musicians. We're currently working with Southbank Sinfonia as they embark on an audience-engagement programme, and with the Royal Philharmonic Society's Women Conductors programme - both are exciting new partnerships with a fresh focus for us.
We're extremely proud of our work with the National Youth ensembles. We sponsor the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Open Youth Orchestra, as well as the National Children's Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. These organisations deliver carefully designed education programmes that bring excellent musical opportunities to a wide range of young people via their work with schools and music hubs. Our International Sponsorship Fund directly supports similar initiatives globally.
Music provides opportunities to collaborate and communicate, experiment and enjoy, at all stages and in all styles. To highlight this, we seek to work more with organisations that reach beyond classical repertoire and encourage learners of all ages. Our involvement in the London Music Fund's Playing Days and collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Luminate Scotland to explore ways to support later learners are a few examples.