Association of Independent Music (AIM)
AIM is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK's independent music sector, which makes up a quarter of the recorded music market. Now in its 20th year, AIM's members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world, to self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music.
As part of its partnership AIM has shared free bursary tickets with The Midi Music Company for several events, including its new flagship conference AIM Connected and its AIM Academy workshops. AIM offers bursary tickets to companies, charities and organisations like The Midi Music Company to help enable the growth and education of the next generation of entrepreneurs in music.
MMC Presents Tom ap Rhys Pryce Music Bursary Award
The Midi Music Company founded the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Music Bursary Award in 2003. It was initially funded by London Borough of Lewisham and awarded to four children from The Budding Musicians Club, aged between six and fifteen years old, offering a year’s free, one-to-one instrumental tuition at The Conservatoire. The subsequent success of the bursary winners has enabled us to increase the number of awards from four to ten per year with the financial support of the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust and funding partnerships facilitated by The Conservatoire.
The Conservatoire added to this partnership by introducing extended burseries for the bursary winners who had displayed the highest level of commitment and talent, so they could receive a further two years of tuition. We are extremely grateful to the Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust for investing in young musicians from diverse communities and supporting our work.
Past BMC student and a winner of the bursary many years ago, Michelle O’Faith, won the 'Women Make Music Award' funded by PRSF. You can read the full article here.
— Michelle O Faith (@MichelleOFaith1) June 1, 2016
Provision of advice on apprenticeships and internships, and consultancy available for music industry businesses. The BPI has previously supported The Midi Music Company with funding via the BRIT trust.
The Midi Music Company hosted the launch event for #RiffSustainably in March 2018, delivering an industry panel talk with Daisy Kendrick, Founder of Ocean Generation who was joined by the guests listed below.
Ocean Generation are a global collective working hard to diminish the world’s excessive use of plastic and restore the ocean to peace by campaigning for change with support from the digitally skilled and conscious generation. They pledge to reduce plastic use and put pressure on unsustainable industries. With Jazz songstress Joss Stone behind the campaign with single release 'Oceans' and fashion designers such as Roberta London on board, they are developing a holistic exploration of how we can all do our bit. MMC's CICAS® and Creative Associate Professional members will be submitting covers of the track oceans joined by many artists across the globe.
Wednesday 28th March 2018 1.30-3.30pm
- Shovell -Artist Writer Producer M People
- Claire O’Neil - A Greener Festival
- Chris Johnson -Shambala Festival Director
- Steve Lewinson - Live Music Director
- Alison Tickell - Julie’s Bicycle
MMC Deaf Rave Music Production
An innovative project developed in partnership with DeafRave and supported by City Bridge Trust, Attitude is Everything and WoweeOne. The Deaf Rave alumni have been creating new music and videos for release, as well as increasing the number of sign song performances and DJing. Their recent club night X-Posé at Fabric was a successful part of Making Music Day UK on 21 June 2018.
The Inspiration Network
Established to pool resources by looking creatively at interaction between a wide range of organisations. Facilitating improved ways to better address inequality and break down barriers. A group of like-minded experienced professionals who share a vision for the enhancement of young people and their advancement within the creative sector. Together we represent a cross section of the industry with expertise in Arts, training, enterprise and support.
IRIE! dance theatre www.iriedancetheatre.org
FAME Music Talent Clash
Fame Music, in partnership with The Midi Music Company, Lewisham Council, and The Young Mayor for Lewisham. After running over 15 online competitions and having scouted talents from all over the world (including Australia, United Arab Emirates, Italy, France, Africa and USA), Fame Music launched its first UK competition.
The project sought to not only to find hidden talent, but also to create awareness of the importance of music in education and to help students understand the uniting force of music as a bridge for building acceptance and tolerance. A professional line-up of key industry players in the project, including Paulette Long OBE( Music Business mentor/PRS) Kevin Simpson (Former Manager – Jamiroquai/Long Lost Brother Management) and Winston Bussett ( Massive Attack) . The winner of 2016s competition was Jay Johnson, CICAS ® member.
At Fairbeats! all children are given the opportunity and skills to express themselves and connect with others through music. Working to enable children and families from new minority communities to overcome the barriers they face to participating fully in the musical, cultural life and wider society in the UK.
Fairbeats! award bursaries to children to take part in our BMC programme.
Brazil Cultural Music Project
This cultural music project between Salvador and the London Borough of Lewisham enabled international musicians Letieres Leite Quinteto and South London based band United Vibrations to create a new piece of music and perform together. There was a cultural visit to the National Skills Academy - CCSKills and a programme of school workshops and master classes led by The Midi Music Company. These were delivered in partnership with the British Music Experience O2, Ginga P, and The Albany.
Over 50 participants were able to work with the quintet to understand the history of Bahian music & African rhythms, make music with Letieres whilst he arranged live compositions, and understand the importance of the 'Atabaque' drum - transferring rhythms from the atabaque drum onto harmonic instruments, and exploring various drumming patterns of Brazil. These master classes and workshops took place at The Albany, British Music Experience O2, Forest Hill School, and Harris Academy Greenwich. During the project there were also live performances at The Albany and at The Barbican.