Music Education Award 2018 Shortlist announced

At the November 2018 Music Mark Annual Conference, MEC Trustee Philip Flood announced the shortlist for the 2018 Music Education Major Award.

The Music Education Council Major Award celebrates those services that demonstrate imaginative, inclusive and all-round high-quality music provision. Drawing attention to such best practice allows colleagues to learn from each other and share their exemplary practice more widely, so improving standards. These 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.

For 2018 MEC invited applications for specific Commendations – submissions were invited to have a specific area of work recognised – the “proud moment” of the year. Commendations will be given to applicants who demonstrate excellence in any one aspect of work or special project. Decisions have been made and those receiving commendations will be featured in the December MEC News update, due out in the first week of December.

For 2018 MEC was also pleased to include the Will Michael Jazz Award, supported also by NYJO and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  This award recognises excellent provision within jazz & improvised music and innovative approaches to engaging young musicians. Claire Furlong also announced the shortlist for this Jazz award.

In announcing the Shortlist, Philip said

“Every year the panel has a really difficult task in whittling the applications down to a shortlist. Every one of the submissions not making the list also demonstrated good work, and we look forward to receiving submissions from them in the future.

Our shortlist, therefore, contains the very best of entries.

Great musicmaking and learning is a given in all submissions, the shortlisted entries also display strategic direction and clear understanding of the role of music service agencies today.”

The Shortlisted submissions came from:


  • Accent Music Education Hub (serving Warrington and Halton)
  • Bristol Plays Music
  • East Ayrshire Music Service and
  • Lincolnshire Music Education Hub


The overall winner of the Music Education Council Music Education Awards 2018 will be announced at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence ceremony as part of Music Education Expo 2019.

Congratulations to these four. MEC newsletters will carry more about the work of these four over the coming months.