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UK Music Unveils New Music Education Directory As Industry Guide Chalks Up 21st Year

23.08.2021: UK Music has joined forces with partners University of West of Scotland (UWS) /Ariadne Research, the Musicians’ Union and JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) to launch the latest version of the Music Education Directory.

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23.08.2021: UK Music has joined forces with partners University of West of Scotland (UWS) / Ariadne Research, the Musicians’ Union and JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) to launch the latest version of the Music Education Directory.

The Music Education Directory (MED), now in its 21st year of publication, is an unrivalled resource. It provides an extensive database of all Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) music courses in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

This year’s revamped version means all the data is available in an online searchable database. If you want to studying music – from jazz guitar to the music business and anywhere in-between – you can now search by keyword and/or region.

The Music Education Directory also lists industry links so potential students can see what partnerships institutions have with music industry bodies – an important consideration when choosing the right course.

The Directory will be an invaluable tool for anyone interested in a career in music and looking to find the right path to a course that is best suited to them.

Following the publication of the exam results in August, many students are looking at next steps . So, the directory comes at the perfect time and will be updated regularly to ensure its continued usefulness.

Click on link to check out the Music Education Directory: JAMES | Music Education Directory (jamesonline.org.uk)

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:

“UK Music is delighted to be partnering on the new online Music Education Directory (MED). Having the right information at the right time is so vital to individuals making decisions about their future. This new and improved version of the directory will make it even more accessible to those interested in a career in the music industry.

“The Directory will make it easier for would-be students to make the right decisions on what to study and where. It also simply and clearly highlights key official industry links that colleges and universities have. I look forward to seeing those considering studying now forge successful careers as the industry professionals of the future.”

UWS/Ariadne Research and Editor of MED Allan Dumbreck said:

“The Music Education Directory is now in its 12th edition and 21st year. As editor throughout that period, I have tracked the growth of HE, FE and training courses from a few hundred programmes in 1996 to over 1500 today. The specific choice of course direction is now much more varied. Music management, songwriting, audio production, online music marketing and live sound are just a few examples.

“It is therefore more important than ever for potential students to investigate centres, staff, facilities and teaching in order to identify the correct programme of study to suit their own skills, needs and desired career trajectory. We hope this database will assist aspiring music professionals to find the ideal course and we wish them luck as they embark on their educational journey.”

National Organiser for Education at the Musicians’ Union (MU) Chris Walters said:

“The MU is delighted to support this new online database, which will help aspiring music professionals find out what different course providers offer, especially in terms of vital links into the industry. We recommend this resource to our members.”

JAMES Co-Chair Dr Phil Harding said:

“JAMES has been supportive of the Music Education Directory since its inception and we have found it a very useful resource in our education and course accreditation work. We and other stakeholders such as the Music Producers Guild (MPG) have been keen to launch this updated ‘searchable’ online version and JAMES is delighted to be a co-funder.”

Please note this directory intends to be a complete record of UK education and training for the professional music industries. If you are aware of any omissions or have suggested amendments, please contact the editor – allan.dumbreck [at] uws.ac.uk

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