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  • Entry deadline: Friday 16th August 2024
  • All categories are free to enter.
  • Please submit one entry to represent one individual/resource/initiative/project in a single category. Nominating the same individual/resource/initiative/project in different categories is not permitted.
  • Multiple entries by different parties nominating one person/company will not affect the outcome of the results.
  • Please upload at least one photo AND your company logo to your entry which best represent your submission.
  • These awards are open to organisations and individuals based in the UK and Ireland. International entries will not be put forward for judging.
  • Please make sure to submit your entry once it is finished. If your entry remains in your 'Saved Items' or 'Basket' section, this entry will not be judged. We are unable to submit your entry on your behalf.
  • The content of your submission should reflect the work that has taken place between September 2023 to August 2024 from yourself, your nominee or your organisation. Prior work may be mentioned in your entry, but this should not represent the main focus of your submission.
  • If you have any issues, please contact awardsteam@markallengroup.com and we will be happy to help.

2025 Categories

2024 Winner - Learn To Play, Olympias Music Foundation

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award honours an outstanding initiative that has significantly improved music provision for students of all ages. It is open to any project carried out within educational, charitable, or commercial settings, regardless of its duration or music genre focus. The initiative must have taken place on or after 1st September, 2023.

The judges will be looking for strong evidence demonstrating how the initiative has made a demonstrable impact on a substantial number of students.

In your nomination statements, please provide detailed information and explain why you believe the initiative is ‘Outstanding’. Feel free to include supporting materials such as YouTube links, mp3 files, or photos to enhance your nomination, if applicable.

If applicable, please also provide relevant website information and pricing structures.

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2024 Winner - Lit in Colour, Bloomsbury Publishing

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award celebrates an outstanding initiative that has made a measurable impact on drama provision for students of all ages. It is open to any project conducted within educational, charitable, or commercial settings, regardless of its duration. The initiative can be new or ongoing, as long as it took place on or after 1st September 2023.

The judges are eager to see evidence of how the initiative has directly benefited a significant number of students or has the potential to do so in the future.

In your nomination statements, please provide detailed information about the initiative and explain why you believe the initiative is ‘Outstanding’. Feel free to include supporting materials such as YouTube links, mp3 files, or photos to enhance your nomination, if applicable.

If applicable, please also provide relevant website information and pricing structures.

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2024 Winner - ChoirMaker, Ex Cathedra

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award celebrates an outstanding educational resource that significantly enhances music education. To be eligible, the resource must have been released on or after 1st September 2023.

This category covers a wide range of resources, including websites, software, hardware, and other physical products (except print).

When submitting your nomination statements, please provide detailed information about the resource and explain why you believe it is ‘Outstanding’. Feel free to include supporting materials such as YouTube links, mp3 files, or photos to enhance your nomination.

If applicable, please also share details about websites and pricing structures associated with the resource.

If your nomination is selected as a finalist, we'll request hard copy, digital, or physical access (through retail outlets if necessary) to evaluate the product.

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2024 Winner - Slap Djembe, Andy Gleadhill, Percussion Plus

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award recognises an outstanding educational print resource that significantly enhances music education. The print resource must have been published on or after 1st September 2023.

In this category, eligible resources include:

        - Books

        - Sheet-music

        - Syllabus support material

When submitting your nomination, please provide comprehensive details about the resource, explaining why you believe it is ‘Outstanding’. You are encouraged to include supporting materials such as links to YouTube clips, photos, and user testimonials that effectively illustrate the resource's value and impact.

If applicable, please also provide details of the pricing structure.

If the resource is selected as a finalist in this category, we’ll request hard copy, digital, or physical access (if necessary, at a retail outlet) to the product for the judging panel to evaluate and experience first-hand. By providing thorough information and supporting evidence, you contribute to the evaluation process, ensuring that the judges have a comprehensive understanding of the nominated educational print resource and its significance in the field of music education.

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2024 Winner - Prospero, C&T

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award celebrates an outstanding educational resource, for drama teachers and learners. To be eligible, the resource must have been released on or after 1st September 2023.

This category includes a broad range of resources, such as books, websites, software, hardware (costumes, props, devices), and syllabuses. When submitting your nomination statements, please provide detailed information about the resource and explain why you believe it is ‘Outstanding’. Feel free to include supporting materials such as links to YouTube clips, mp3 files, or photos to strengthen your nomination.

If applicable, please also share details about websites and pricing structures.

If the resource is selected as a finalist in this category, we may request hard copies, digital copies, or physical access to evaluate the product. This can be obtained through retail outlets if necessary.

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2024 Winner - UpRising Balloon, Music Education Hubs East Midlands

UK ENTRIES ONLY

An award for a resource or initiative that makes music or drama more accessible to people with SEND. Nominated resources must be publicly available and released or taking place since 1st September 2023.

For resources, nominations can apply to:

        - Books

        - Websites

        - Software

        - Hardware (instruments/devices/other physical products)

        - Syllabuses

If appropriate, please give details of websites and pricing structures. For selected finalists, we will request hard copy/digital/physical access (at a retail outlet if necessary) to products for the panel to try.

If you are nominating an initiative, this can be any project run within an educational setting, charitably, or commercially, covering any period of time. The initiative does not need to be new, but it must have taken place on or after 1st September 2023.

The judges will be looking for evidence that a significant number of students have benefitted demonstrably from the initiative or may do so going forward.

In nomination statements, please give as much detail as you can about the initiative and why you think it should be rewarded. Feel free to include links to YouTube clips, mp3 files and photos to support your nomination if applicable.

If appropriate, please also give details of websites and pricing structures.

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2024 Winner - Theatre Peckham

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award honours exceptional educational projects or resources in the realm of Musical Theatre. These projects or resources, whether introduced, improved for accessibility or aiding teaching and learning, should have taken place or been released since 1st September 2023, and benefitted students/participants of all ages.

A nominated project can be run within an educational, charitable or commercial setting, covering any timeframe. It doesn't have to be brand new, but it must have occurred on or after 1st September 2023.

The judges will be looking for evidence of significant benefits for students, either in the past or anticipated in the future. When submitting your nomination statements, please provide detailed information about the project or resource and explain why you believe it deserves recognition. Feel free to include supporting materials such as links to YouTube clips, mp3 files or photos to strengthen your nomination.

If you are nominating a resource, this can include books, websites, software, hardware (instruments/devices/physical products) or syllabuses. The resource should have been released to the market or made publicly available since 1st September 2023.

If relevant, please include details about associated websites and pricing structures.

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2024 Winner - Listen Imagine Compose Primary, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award celebrates exceptional educational projects or resources that have significantly enhanced arts provision in music and/or drama for Early Years and Primary students.

To be eligible, the project or resource should have taken place or been released since 1st September 2023.

A nominated project can be run within an educational, charitable or commercial setting, without any time limitations. It doesn't have to be brand new, but it should have occurred on or after 1st September 2023.

The judges will be looking for evidence of a demonstrable benefit to a significant number of students, both currently and in the future. When submitting your nomination statements, please provide detailed information about the initiative and explain why you believe it deserves recognition. Feel free to include supporting materials such as links to YouTube clips, mp3 files or photos to strengthen your nomination.

If you are nominating a resource, this can include books, websites, software, hardware (instruments/devices/physical products) or syllabuses. The resource should have been released to the market or made publicly available since 1st September 2023.

If relevant, please provide details about associated websites and pricing structures.

If your nomination is successful and selected as a finalist, you will be invited to submit hard copies, digital access or physical access (such as through a retail outlet if necessary) of the product for the panel to evaluate.

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2024 Winner - Hope Creative, Bristol Beacon

UK ENTRIES ONLY

We are proud to have this award sponsored by Rocksteady Music, an organization dedicated to ensuring inclusivity and promoting progressive, child-led music education.

This award acknowledges and celebrates a forward-thinking music education project or programme that aims to challenge conventional practices, eliminate barriers, and make music education accessible to all.

The project or programme may be implemented in any setting, whether charitable or commercial, but it must have taken place on or after 1st September 2023.

The judges will seek evidence of a child-led approach that has had a meaningful and tangible impact on the lives of those involved. Additionally, they are particularly interested in understanding how your progressive approach brings a fresh perspective to music education, as implied by the category name.

When submitting your nomination, please provide comprehensive details about the initiative, emphasising why you believe it should be recognised for this award. Feel free to include supporting evidence such as social media activity, testimonials, YouTube clips or any other materials that will provide the judges with a rich understanding of your achievements. By offering substantial supporting information, you enable the judges to gain a comprehensive understanding of the innovative and impactful nature of your project or programme.


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2024 Winner - School21, Stratford

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This prestigious award recognises an exemplary music department that consistently exceeds expectations in providing music education. The award honours departments that go above and beyond in their commitment to excellence in music provision. The judges will look for evidence of exceptional music provision.

They will also consider the efforts made by the department's staff to ensure that a significant proportion of students have access to music and a wide range of musical activities, both within and outside of the school curriculum. It is understood that financial and time constraints may exist, but the judges will be interested in seeing how the department has creatively overcome these challenges.

When submitting your nomination, please provide a detailed explanation of why you believe the department is deserving of this award. Clear examples that showcase the department's exceptional qualities and practices will greatly assist the judges in their evaluation.

If your nomination is shortlisted, the judging panel may request supporting statements from the department.

If you are nominating as a parent, student, or an external individual, the department in question will be contacted for additional details before the final judging takes place. It is therefore essential to provide a correct e-mail address for the department indicated.

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2024 Winner - ClassAction, Godalming Sixth Form College

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This prestigious award recognises an exemplary drama department that consistently goes above and beyond in the pursuit of excellence in drama provision.

The judges will look for evidence of exceptional provision, and that staff in the department go out of their way to ensure that a significant proportion of students benefit from access to drama and theatre opportunities in and out of school, allowing for financial and time constraints.

In your nomination statement, please explain in detail how the department is worthy of this award, giving clear examples.

If your nominated department is shortlisted, the judging panel may reach out to it for additional information and supporting statements.

If you are nominating as a parent, student or an external individual, the department in question will be contacted for additional details before the final judging takes place.

Please ensure that you provide us with an accurate and valid email address for the nominated department. It is of utmost importance that we have the correct contact information to effectively gather further details from the nominee during the evaluation process.

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2024 Winner - Cathy Laney

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award honours an exceptional instrumental or vocal teacher who has made a remarkable impact on students of all ages throughout their musical journeys.

The judges will carefully assess the evidence provided to determine how this teacher has truly made a profound and meaningful difference in the lives of their students through their teaching, regardless of whether this was within a school or non-school setting.

Nominations are open for the following:

        - A private instrumental or vocal teacher.

        - A peripatetic instrumental or vocal teacher.

When submitting your nomination, please provide detailed information that highlights why you believe the nominated teacher is deserving of this recognition. It is crucial to present compelling evidence that showcases the teacher's extraordinary dedication, expertise, and ability to positively influence their students' musical growth and overall wellbeing. By sharing specific examples and testimonials, you can effectively demonstrate the teacher's significant impact and contributions to their students' musical development.

Please ensure that you provide us with an accurate and valid email address for the nominee. It is of utmost importance that we have the correct contact information to effectively communicate with and gather further details from the nominee during the evaluation process.

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2024 Winner - Jayne Smith

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This award honours an individual music teacher or performer who has had a hugely inspirational impact on students of any age in their music-making.

The judging panel is seeking compelling evidence that the nominee has made a genuine and substantial impact on the lives of their students through their teaching, regardless of whether this is in a school or non-school setting.

You have the opportunity to nominate various types of music educators, including classroom music teachers, university lecturers, music school or conservatoire teachers, private tutors, workshop leaders, music therapy teachers, music therapists, and any other inspiring music educator.

In your nomination statement, please provide a detailed explanation of why you believe the nominated educator deserves this award. It is essential to include clear examples that illustrate the profound influence they have had on their students. These examples should showcase how their teaching has positively transformed the lives of their students, both academically and personally.

If your nomination is shortlisted, further supporting statements will be requested from the nominees before the final judging takes place. This additional information will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the impact and effectiveness of the teacher's educational practices.

Please ensure that you provide us with an accurate and valid email address for the nominee. It is of utmost importance that we have the correct contact information to effectively communicate with and gather further details from the nominee during the evaluation process.

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2024 Winner - Russeni Fisher

UK ENTRIES ONLY

The judging panel seeks evidence that the nominated teacher has had a significant and meaningful impact on the lives of their students through their teaching, whether in a school or non-school setting.

You have the opportunity to nominate various types of drama educators, including classroom drama teachers, university lecturers, drama school or conservatoire teachers, private tutors, workshop leaders, drama therapy teachers, and any other inspiring drama educator.

When submitting your nomination, please provide a detailed explanation of why you believe the nominated teacher or educator deserves this award. It is essential to provide clear examples that illustrate the profound difference they have made in the lives of their students. These examples should highlight how their teaching has positively transformed their students' growth, development, and overall wellbeing, both academically and personally.

If your nomination is shortlisted, further supporting statements will be requested from the nominees to gather more comprehensive information before the final judging takes place. These additional statements will provide a deeper understanding of the teacher's impact and effectiveness in their educational practices.

Please ensure that you provide us with an accurate and valid email address for the nominee. It is of utmost importance that we have the correct contact information to effectively communicate with and gather further details from the nominee during the evaluation process.

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2024 Winner - Sally Daunt

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This prestigious award recognises individuals working in music education who have displayed an exceptional commitment to enhancing the lives of others through the arts.

The judges will carefully evaluate the nominee’s career, seeking evidence of a long-standing and demonstrable impact on the lives of a significant number of students. Nomination statements should provide comprehensive biographical information and a detailed history of their professional journey. It is essential to explain why you believe the nominee is deserving of this esteemed award.

For this award, there will be no shortlist announced, and finalist nominees will not be contacted for further information. Therefore, it is crucial to include complete details and supporting material in your nomination statements. You may include links, YouTube clips, MP3s, or any other relevant supporting materials to bolster your nomination. By providing a thorough and compelling profile, you contribute to the evaluation process, ensuring that the judges have a comprehensive understanding of the nominee's contributions in the field of music education.

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2024 Winner - Danny Braverman

UK ENTRIES ONLY

This prestigious award recognises individuals working in drama education who have displayed an exceptional commitment to enhancing the lives of others through the arts.

The judges will carefully evaluate the nominee’s career, seeking evidence of a long-standing and demonstrable impact on the lives of a significant number of students. Nomination statements should provide comprehensive biographical information and a detailed history of their professional journey. It is essential to explain why you believe the nominee is deserving of this esteemed award.

For this award, there will be no shortlist announced, and finalist nominees will not be contacted for further information. Therefore it is crucial to include complete details and supporting material in your nomination statements. You may include links, YouTube clips, MP3s or any other relevant supporting materials to bolster your nomination. By providing a thorough and compelling profile, you contribute to the evaluation process, ensuring that the judges have a comprehensive understanding of the nominee’s contributions in the field of drama education.

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