The NMC Music Education Awards



Major Trophy

Creative Minds Team at East Ayrshire Council

Telford & Wrekin Music Education Hub

The Paritor Award for New Music

Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership

Glasgow City Music Service


The Incorporated Society of Musicians Award for Music Technology

Newham Music Hub


Diplomas of Merit

SoundStorm:  Music Education Hub for Bournemouth & Poole

SoundCity: Music Education Hub for Brighton & Hove

Devon Music Education Hub

Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service

Mark Pemberton, Chair of the National Music Council, says: “The National Music Council, which “seeks to celebrate and promote the value and enjoyment of music”, comprises a range of national music organisations dedicated to the well-being of the music industry. And what we all share is an understanding of the importance of music education, and in particular the commitment of music educators to ensuring the highest quality access to instrumental tuition and performance opportunities for young people at local level. The NMC’s Music Education Awards have for many decades been the primary means of recognising on a national level the great work done by local authorities and music education hubs. This year’s winners will as ever be an inspiration to others to aim for the highest quality provision for young people in their locality.” 

Dick Hallam, Chair of the Music Education Council, says“MEC is delighted to sponsor these important awards which recognise the imaginative, inclusive and high-quality music provision that so many young people in the UK experience every day through the excellent work of all those involved in music education. They continue to be an inspiration to us all."

Kathryn Deane, Chair of the Panel says: "This year’s submissions again demonstrated above all the creativity that flourishes in music education ...throughout the UK. It is the music teachers, the peripatetic tutors, community musicians, the managers and administrators in countless hubs, music services who not only make music but make music happen in their communities. The NMC Music Education Awards celebrate the achievements of these individuals and organisations."


The 2014 NMC Music Education awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 11 November from 4pm at English National Ballet, Markova House, 39 Jay Mews, London SW7 2ES co-inciding with this year's Music for Youth's Schools Proms.

Winners will be notified by email on Wednesday 22 October.




Applications are now invited for this year's National Music Council's Education Awards

from Hubs (in England) and local authorities across the rest of the UK .

The scheme celebrates imaginative, inclusive and all round high-quality music provision in a particular year.  Each year, Jazz Services also award the Will Michael Jazz Education Awards.

The closing date for all applications is Friday 22nd August 2014 at 6pm.

To request an application form please email:

Last year's awards:

As in previous years, the 2013 NMC Music Education Awards were organised with the support of and assistance from Music Mark and Paritor.  NMC are grateful to the Music Education Council for their renewed support and sponsorship of the Awards. See the full report for the 2013 awards here:

In addition to the major trophy and diplomas of merit, 2013 also saw the introduction of a new Technology Award, sponsored by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and Paritor sponsored a New Music Award

The full reports (including photographs) of recent Awards ceremonies can be found on the left hand side of this screen, whilst older reports can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Previous Awards Reports

What previous Major Trophy winners have said about the Awards

Denise Barber, Music consultant and Wider Opportunities Manager - Southwark Music services

"Southwark Music Services won the National Music Council Major Award in 2005 joint with Hertfordshire Music Service. This was an important achievement for us as we are a very small service with no full time members of staff. We appreciated being judged by our merits and not by our size and being recognised for celebrating the talents and meeting the needs of young people in Southwark, one of the most deprived areas in the country. Since the award ceremony I have noticed that Southwark is much more on the Music Education Map with my opinion being sought by national figures such as Howard Goodall (composer and broadcaster) - who presented us with the award and Marc Jaffrey (Music Manifesto Champion) who visited Kingsdale which is our flagship secondary school for music. We hope to apply for the award again this year believing that with the arrival of our new Wider Opportunities Programme we will once again be strong contenders for an award."

Richard Howlett, Head of Hampshire County Council's Music Service:

"This was a great accolade for all we had achieved in the previous years and it meant a huge amount to Hampshire schools, Hampshire Music staff and to Hampshire County Council (HCC). It brought us to the attention of the press - and as a result we had more coverage of our musical events in Hampshire (and later in the year at the Schools Prom) then ever before. Our staff and pupils were very pleased when we were able to display the trophy at a several of our concerts and festivals!

We were pleased that it was a further "hallmark" for what we continue to strive towards - the highest possible achievements for our pupils. In summary - the award "lifted" all those who could share in it. The profile and public image of HMS was very much enhanced. Councillors were able to learn more of the success and impact or our work. More opportunities and support for pupils; music making."

John Harries, Head of Cornwall Music Service:

"Cornwall Music Service have been very fortunate in receiving six diplomas from the National Music Council over the last eight years including a special award from the PRS Foundation for compositional project work. The obvious benefit of receiving such a prestigious award is that of publicity. It is always a benefit to a service to have an outside agency recognising the good work that it does, and through local media parents, schools, governors, and members of the County Council are made aware of this.

The hidden benefits are numerous, perhaps the most important being staff morale. Through receiving these awards they feel more pride in the work that they undertake. They feel they have been thanked by a prestigious body. It also means that they suggest some absolutely brilliant ideas for future projects.

Also, senior officers within the local authority feel proud of the service due to these awards, and there is no doubt at all that as a result of the awards we have gained favour by them.

In 2003, the service received the Major Trophy. Not only all the benefits outlined above were experienced twofold, but the young people who performed in the British Library to an audience of approximately 200 leading British music educationalists were invited to partake in workshops with Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth and to perform the length and breadth of the country, from Strathclyde to Kent and from Belfast to Suffolk - an experience they will never forget.

I commend to you the work of the National Music Council without reservation."

John Treherne, Head of Gateshead Schools' Music Service:

"The Gateshead Council has always supported the work of its Schools' Music Service and taken a pride in the achievements of its young people. Additional funding from the Council has given so many pupils the opportunity to take part in significant musical activities both as performers but also as participants in varied and stimulating workshops.

The award of the Major Trophy was greeted with delight by the teachers who work within the service, and of course the ooportunity to visit the RSA in London and perform in front of Cleo Laine was a great honour.

The Youth Orchestra was subsequently invited to perform in the Council's debating chamber before the Mayor of Gateshead and the full council, and the award was formally received by the Leader of the Council.

Subsequent to this presentation, additional funding was made available to support further initiatives. This has been particularly helpful in facilitating overseas tours by our senior ensembles. The Diploma itself is placed in a prominent position in the foyer of the Dryden Professional Development Centre and the trophy was in pride of place outside the Mayor's parlour. The Gateshead Schools' Music Service was praised in an OfSTED inspection; this major award further confirmed the findings of the visiting inspectors."

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