2023 Sponsors

Casio Music UK Headline Sponsor

CASIO Music UK are delighted to be this year's main sponsor. Following an incredibly difficult year and a half for everyone, Music and the arts have suffered more so than other areas. Casio aims to support education establishments and the private music sector with tailored solutions for every kind of electronic keyboard or digital piano need. We are proud to continue to shine a light on our CASIO Grand Hybrid Piano Teacher Network which is a value-adding social network with a sole aim to support grassroots piano teachers and thus celebrating Music Teachers on March 23rd 2022.
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Classic FM Headline Sponsor

Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is delighted to be the headline partner for the Music & Drama Education Awards for the tenth year. Ever since it first launched on air in 1992, Classic FM has aimed to make classical music accessible and relevant to everyone. It’s a privilege, this year more than ever, to shine the spotlight on the people and organisations who have continued to deliver outstanding resources, opportunities, projects and support to students of all ages across the country.

Classic FM is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, on Global Player on your smart speaker (“play Classic FM”), iOS or Android device and at ClassicFM.com.


EVC Music sponsoring Music Teacher Magazine Editor's Award

Our vision is to inspire young pianists worldwide with a wide-ranging recital repertoire, which can create unforgettable moments and valuable musical experiences for performers.

25 October 2021 – Leading music publisher Hal Leonard Europe (HLE) has announced a global agreement to distribute EVC Music and all our titles are also available to order at MusicRoom.com.

Retailers can order our books on the Hal Leonard Europe website.

EVC catalogue includes both traditional books and digital sheet music, written in a variety of styles by living composers, including Nikki Iles, Sam Wedgwood, Heather Hammond, Donald Thomson, Philip Martin and Elena Cobb to name but a few.

A good number of pieces is now featured in the major exam boards Syllabuses in the UK, Australia and US. The collections have been well-received by reviewers at International Piano, Music Teacher and Pianist magazines as well as by music education bloggers in the UK and abroad; several books are published on licence in China. 

Our weekly blog – series of reflections on music, performance, music teaching,  publications, concerts and recordings is written by the pianist, writer, recording artist and educator Murray McLachlan. Murray reflects on ideas, initiatives, developments and possibilities in the ever vibrant world of music and music education. Please sign up here.

The Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall  is our annual showcase where young pianists from across the world perform piano pieces by EVC composers.

Music Teachers' Association sponsoring Outstanding School Music Department

The Music Teachers' Association is the largest and longest established association of music teachers in the UK, supporting all who are connected with a school music department.

Our year-round CPD programme of webinars, podcasts, e-bulletins and Ensemble magazine, supported by our Facebook Staffroom and Annual Conference, enables music teachers to connect with each other, share ideas, develop good practice and work together in partnership.

The MTA works with our partner organisations, including ISM,  Music Mark and HMC, to support and advocate for music in schools, inspiring a membership which passionately believes that every child should benefit from outstanding music education.

To join the MTA for only £68 per year, visit www.musicteachers.org

Musicians' Union sponsoring the Francesca Hanley Inspiration Award

The Musicians’ Union represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business, including education, and has fought hard for its members’ rights since 1893. As well as negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a wide range of services, including £10m public liability cover and £1m professional indemnity insurance for teachers and lecturers. A leading voice in campaigns for music education – and actively committed to principles of equality and inclusion – the MU is by far the largest support organisation for musicians who teach. Join for £1 and become part of our growing community.

For more information please visit the MU.org

Rocksteady Music School

Rocksteady is the worlds largest Rock-school, championing progressive and inclusive music education though Rocksteady’s unique child-led pedagogy which is designed to ensure no child is left behind.

Rocksteady’s in-school music lessons enable children aged 4-11 to play in their very own band. Children learn from Rocksteady’s deep and rich curriculum of skills across general musicianship, instrument specific skills and band skills. All whilst developing confidence, social skills and positive learning behaviour.

In a recent survey 100% of headteachers reported that Rocksteady had proved to have a significant positive impact on their school and 90% of parents reported that Rocksteady was supporting their child’s wellbeing. 

For more information visit www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/primary/schools

The Independent Society of Musicians sponsoring Lifetime Achievement Award

The Independent Society of Musicians is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a subject association for music. They support over 11,000 members, including classroom, peripatetic and private music teachers, with legal assistance, insurances, professional development, and much more. The Independent Society of Musicians is politically and financially independent, and tirelessly campaigns to protect music teachers and promote music education. They were awarded Individual Member Association of the Year at the UK Association Awards 2021.

For more information, visit ism.org

The Royal Marines Band Service

The Royal Marines Band Service is an organisation commonly associated with tradition but are also continuously exploring new concepts in music, production and music education. As one of the world’s most versatile military music organisation and public face of the Naval Service our musicians combine military duties with a professional music career.

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Wicked Active Learning

Created with teachers to enhance students’ levels of cultural capital and personal development and in support of SMSC and the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum, Wicked Active Learning is the official education hub for Wicked. Free lesson plans include Anti-Bullying, developed with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, and diversity, inclusion & wellbeing, developed with Twinkl. In support of learning outside the classroom, there are more than 60% savings on tickets and free teacher ratios. Wicked delivers an outstanding live theatre experience, with a story that explores themes of self-esteem, identity, prejudice, fake news and friendship.
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