Award categories

1. Best Musical Initiative – Sponsored by the Royal Marines Band Service

This award will be presented to an outstanding music education project which has made a sustained contribution to the musical achievement of a significant number of young people. The judges will consider initiatives both traditional and innovative, from youth ensembles to outreach projects.

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2. Best Print Resource – Sponsored by Rhinegold Publishing

New sheet music publications, tutor books, curriculum resources and musical textbooks will be eligible for this award, which will be given to a print publication, with or without a digital element, that has made an important contribution to the resources available for music teachers and learners.

3. Best Digital/Technological Resource – Sponsored by

This award will be presented to a website, software, app or other digital resource that has enhanced the digital offering available to music teachers and learners. Judges will look for evidence that resources are already in use.

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4. Best School Music Department – Sponsored by the MMA

Primary and secondary music departments with a track record of innovative, inclusive and excellent music education will be eligible for this award. Judges will look for evidence that schools are having a strong musical impact in their surrounding areas.



5. Hub Innovation Award – Sponsored by Musicians’ Union

For a regional music education hub that is already showing innovation and excellence in delivering music education across its catchment area.

6. Best Classical Music Education Initiative  – Sponsored by Classic FM

This award will honour an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and had a positive impact on a significant number of participants.

7. Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by & Black Cat Music

For an individual who has made a seminal contribution to music education.

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8. Music Teacher Magazine Editor’s Award – Sponsored by Higgledy Piggledy Jazz

This award will be presented to a product, initiative, organisation or individual chosen by the editor of Music Teacher magazine, in recognition of a unique and valuable contribution to music education made over the last year.

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9. Most Innovative Retailer

Presented to a retailer that has proactively met and developed the needs of the music education sector.


10. Best SEN Resource (special educational needs)

In recognition of an outstanding product that combines current research with practical application to allow students with special educational needs to engage with music.


11. Excellence in Primary/Early Years Music Provision

The judging panel are searching for outstanding practice in primary or early years music provision that can be held up as a model on a national scale.