2020 will go down in history as the year of ‘sudden impact’ and two monumental events combined to warrant such a definition; Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. This seminar presents views from across the music education sector, with particular reference to the influence of these unprecedented events and the impact they have had on music and music education UK-Wide.

View the event recording here

Speakers and panel session contributors include:

  • Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, ISM
  • Nate Holder, Saxophonist l Author l Music Education Consultant
  • Robert Adediran, Music Masters I’m In Programme
  • Paul Mc Manus, CEO, Music Industries Association (MIA)
  • Laura Gardiner, Foundation Director, Benedetti Foundation
  • Emma Lines, Senior Programme Manager, Drake Music Scotland
  • Simon Glenister, Chief Executive, Noise Solution CIC
  • Sharon Jagdev Powell, Deputy Head of Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service
  • Emma Archer, Newport Head of Service and CAGAC representative with ME 


  1. UK-Wide view from colleagues in Scotland, NI Ireland, Wales and England.
  2. The impact of COVID-19 health and wellbeing: orchestras, singing, schools, social isolation, mental-health and the workforce
  3. The impact of Black Live Matter: decolonising the curriculum and exam syllabus and representation in the music education sector
  4. Reasons to be cheerful Part 1

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