This year saw the NMC, with the support of a committed and hard-working Executive Committee, continue to deliver on its key objectives, which are to:
· Bring together the range of genres and representative voices that exist within the music industry.
· Represent the interests of our members to key decision-makers as appropriate.
· Serve as a knowledge network and provide a means of communicating between our members.
During the year, on behalf of its members, the NMC liaised with HM Revenue & Customs regarding proposed changes to National Insurance for self-employed musicians and the Intellectual Property Office in response to their consultation on parody, quotations and private copying around the governments’ policy review on copyright issues.
The NMC also continued to hold a series of roundtable meetings: on Copyright and Intellectual Property with Jo Dipple of UK Music, Frances Lowe of PRS for Music and Patrick Rackow of BASCA; on the state of music conservatoires today and the work of Conservatoires UK with Professor Colin Lawson; and on Creative Scotland’s music strategy with Ian Smith.
The main highlight of the year was the presentation of the NMC Music Education Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in November, with the Jazz Awards presented subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music later the same month. The awards were well-attended, with the NMC receiving a lot of praise for its continued championing of local authority music services and music education hubs.
During the year, the NMC continued to hold a series of roundtable meetings, with the Shadow Culture Minister Gloria de Piero MP in June, Susannah Simons, BBC Project Executive for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in July, Cathy Graham, Director of Music at the British Council in September, and Tim Davie, Director of BBC Audio & Music in March.
The main highlight was the presentation of the NMC Local Authority Music Education Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in November, with the Jazz Awards presented subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music in December 2011.