Music Education Awards 2017

Formerly the National Music Council Music Education Awards, and now run by the Music Education Council, the awards celebrate those services which 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.

To ensure a high profile for your work, we are again working in collaboration with Rhinegold Media & Events. The longlist will be announced during the Music Mark conference in November 2017 and the shortlist of nominations for the MEC Music Education Award will be announced in December 2017. The winner will then be announced at a gala dinner (to which a representative from each shortlisted submission will be invited) in February 2018 as part of Music Education Expo 2018. We hope to be able to provide a variety of platforms for presenting exemplary work from submissions, including at Music Education Expo itself.

All hubs (England) and music services (Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) may apply, and all are treated fairly: the judging panel taking into account the size of each hub or service and its funding in making its decisions. We think you will find a submission easy to make: our form asks very few statistical questions, demands no lengthy answers, and does not  require you to attach additional information.

We look forward to receiving your submission (sent by email to by Monday 9th October 2017. If you have any queries meanwhile, email Angela Ruggles on the above e-mail address (allow at least a week for replies).


  • From 26 June 2017 MEC Music Education Awards 2017 open for submissions
  • 9 October Closing date for submissions
  • 16 – 20 October Judging panel meets
  • 1 November Longlisted services advised
  • w/c 24 November Longlisted services announced and may be invited to attend Music Mark Conference
  • December 2017 Shortlisted services announced
  • February 2018 MEC Music Education Awards 2017 Winner announced!

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