Breaking The Silence
In September 2021, The Midi Music Company was commissioned by London’s Imperial War Museum to create a live performance featuring young people’s responses to Remembrance. A group of students from our AYM programme visited IWM on Lambeth Road accompanied by our tutor team to meet Mike and Kitty, eyewitnesses to conflict who’d both been child evacuees during WWII. Their vivid recollections inspired our young artists, and opportunities to handle artefacts from the IWM’s collection and hear from an IWM curator provided additional food for thought.
Working to an extremely tight turnaround time, the team of five young artists met weekly to create a spoken word performance with an original music soundtrack, assisted by tutors Ahmad Dayes and Shauna O’Briain.
There was a great deal of curatorial support from IWM, who assisted by checking text for clarity of meaning and historical accuracy. The work became even more powerful and persuasive as a result of their input.
‘Breaking the Silence’ was premiered at a public performance in the atrium of IWM at 11:02 on Sunday 14 November. There were two further performances at hourly intervals. It is a work of great power, courageously addressing uncomfortable truths about the disparity of remembrance, such as the low or non-existent acknowledgement of other nations’ contribution to the defeat of Fascism, particularly those from South-east Asia and Africa. There was subsequently a slew of biased and ill-informed press coverage online, most of it quoting a single TripAdvisor review complaining about the textual content.
Art can often be controversial, shocking even, but the lyrics were all checked for veracity and clarity of meaning by the Imperial War Museum’s curators. We are proud of the work and of our courageous and articulate young artists.
The Warren Youth Project | Can You CIC It
MMC are excited to be working with The Warren in Hull and Can You CIC It, the organisation which delivers Independent Venue Week. The VENN21 project is a series of interactive workshops bringing together young creators from Hull and London to explore collaborative songwriting techniques, including sessions on music production.
The young creators will work together over two weekends in both cities, sharing ideas and developing their song concepts, both interpersonally and online, culminating in Live Showcase performances at 229 The Venue in London on Friday 15th October 2021 and the Adelphi Club in Hull on Saturday 30th October 2021.
This partnership is the original concept of Can You CIC It and is funded by Youth Music. The project name VENN was created by one of the participants and the VENN logo was also designed by a member of the group.
Drum and Bass label Hospital Records are delighted to commence their partnership with The Midi Music Company as part of their commitment to breaking down barriers to entry and diversifying the music industry.
As well as offering employment opportunities for CICAS® members they have launched two schemes to improve equality & inclusion in their company:
- Artist development scheme: to offer one black artist a year-long placement with the label. They will receive specialised sessions with all departments across the company over a 12-month period, with a focus on A&R and production.
- Business support scheme: which offers 12 months of free business support, weekly dedicated sessions with all departments of the company and free use of the office space and studio and open access to their resources and guidance.
Find out more about CICAS® membership here.
Education & Bass
Education & Bass are an online learning platform that provides music production education for all along with live workshops, artist development, opportunities and success.
Education & Bass is led by music industry professionals with over 250 years of combined knowledge that cannot be found in a book. At the core of Education & Bass philosophies and ethos lies compassion, inclusion, accessibility, equality, diversity and collaboration. They have been actively supporting Schools, Colleges, Universities and youth organisations by supplying learners and members free access to their standard membership. Members will be able to access over 1800+ video tutorials based on music production, music business and music theory for an entire year.
The Midi Music Company and Education & Bass have come together to provide CICAS® and CAPs members with an exclusive, free one-year membership to music production resources and tutorials. To find out more, contact the Office Administrator.
Lee & Thompson
Lee & Thompson is delighted to continue its partnership with The Midi Music Company, which is currently our staff-voted Charity of the Year 2019-20.
Since 1983, our lawyers have represented the interests of talented individuals and innovative businesses across the media, technology and creative industries. We have a deep-rooted connection with music; Robert Lee and Andrew Thompson co-founded Lee & Thompson and from the outset enjoyed a high profile, acting for well-known record labels and recording artists, many of which remain clients to this day and last year we won the Music Week Award for Law Firm of the Year.
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.
Since the first Camberwell Fair in 2015, the Camberwell Stage has provided a platform for local and emerging artists to showcase themselves in front of an enthusiastic audience of thousands of Londoners on a high quality professional PA system.
Camberwell Fair have partnered with music curators and charities including The Midi Music Company to showcase their talent.
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
Murgitroyd is one of the largest firms of patent and trade mark attorneys in Europe with over 40 years of experience in the profession. The firm was founded by Ian Murgitroyd in 1975 in Glasgow and now has 18 offices and 290 staff across Europe and The Americas. Murgitroyd is delighted to support The Midi Music Company.
As a leading global law firm, Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. Baker McKenzie solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Their unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables their 13,000 people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instil confidence in our clients.
Baker McKenzie has a strong pro bono practice that provides free legal advice to a range of charities including The Midi Music Company, which has been a pro bono client of the firm since 1996.
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.
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