When is the deadline for entries to the Music and Drama Education Awards 2024?

Deadline to submit the entries is on Tuesday, 12 September 2023 at 11:59PM.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The 2023 shortlist will be revealed at the end of October 2023.
We will provide any relevant information and updates on our website and social media platforms as the date approaches.

What are the awards ceremony timings?

18:30 VIP drinks reception
18:45 Drinks reception
19:30 Dinner
21:15 Awards ceremony
22:30 Networking opportunity
00:00 Carriages

** Please note these timings are subject to change

What is your cancellation policy?

Please note that entries may be withdrawn prior to the closing date. 

For table and seat bookings at the awards ceremony, written cancellations received on or before January 11th, 2024 will be accepted and a refund of 90% of the booking fee will be provided.
Please note that after this date, refunds will no longer be available.

Please click here to read our terms and conditions in full.

Do you have a question about how to enter or a general enquiry?

Contact our team via email: awardsteam@markallengroup.com



How much does it cost to enter?

There is no cost associated with entering the awards.

May I submit on behalf of someone else?

Yes, although their permission must be obtained and evidence of this shown.
You will be asked to provide contact details of a senior person at the organisation or an individual in question.

What is the difference between the entry document and supporting material?

The main component of your entry is the 800-word essay document. It is important that all essential information is included in the main body of the entry document section rather than solely in the supporting materials. This ensures that the judges are able to fully evaluate the submission against the established criteria and provide a comprehensive assessment.

Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document.
It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document.

Supporting material may include, but is not limited to:
company/school logo
PDF documents
video (can be hyperlinked in the essay document)
Whilst we value and appreciate supporting material that can aid the judges in their evaluation process, we kindly request that such documents be limited to a reasonable amount.
Please note that each file upload field can upload a single file that is worth up to 40MB.

Who are the judges? And how are they chosen?

The judges for the Music and Drama Education awards are typically selected from a diverse group of experts and practitioners in the fields of music and drama education. They may include academics, industry professionals, artists, teachers, and administrators with relevant experience and qualifications.
The specific identities of the judges may vary depending on the year and the category of the awards. However, their main role is to evaluate the nominees based on the established criteria and determine the winners of the awards.

How do you prevent bias in the judging process?

Preventing bias in the judging process is crucial to ensure a fair and equitable evaluation of all entries.
The judges must sign an NDA.
Here are some of the strategies we use to minimise bias:
  • Anonymous judging to help eliminate any unconscious bias
  • Diverse judging panel to ensure a broad range of perspectives
  • Clear criteria to help judges assess entries on their merits rather than personal preferences
  • Training and guidance on how to recognise and avoid bias in the judging process
  • Review process to ensure fair and consistent judging
By implementing these strategies, the assessment process is conducted in a fair and objective manner, ensuring that all entries are evaluated on their merits.



When and where will the awards ceremony take place?

The Music and Drama Education Awards 2024 ceremony will take place on Thursday, 22 February 2024 at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

Table bookings will be available once the shortlist has been announced.

What are the benefits of attending the Music and Drama Education award ceremony?

Attending the Music and Drama Education awards can offer several benefits.
Here are a few reasons why your organization or an individual should consider attending:

1. Recognition and Validation: Winning or even being a finalist for an MDE Award can bring significant recognition and prestige to your organization and to you as an individual. This can help you enhance your brand reputation, increase your visibility within the industry and it serves as external confirmation of your achievements and skills in the field of music and drama.

2. Networking Opportunities: The awards ceremony brings together a diverse group of professionals, industry experts, and fellow artists in the music and drama community. Attending the event provides an excellent opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, potential mentors, and industry influencers. Building connections can open doors to new collaborations, exchange ideas, job opportunities, and valuable relationships within the industry.

3. Exposure and Publicity: The Music and Drama Education Awards often attract media attention and coverage. Being a part of the awards ceremony can significantly increase an individual's visibility and exposure to a wider audience, including industry professionals, critics, and potential fans. This exposure can lead to increased opportunities for performances, auditions, and other career-enhancing prospects.

4. Motivation and Inspiration: The anticipation and excitement surrounding the awards can serve as a powerful motivator. Individuals and organisations who participate in the awards ceremony often find renewed inspiration and determination to pursue their artistic passions. Witnessing the talent and creativity of others can ignite fresh ideas and aspirations, further fueling their artistic journey.

Remember, the benefits of attending the Music and Drama Education Awards extend beyond just winning. The experience itself can be valuable, providing opportunities for growth, recognition, and connection within the music and drama community.




Will there be any filming or photography taking place at the awards ceremony?

Please be advised that photographs and video will be taken at this event.

By participating in this event, you acknowledge and grant the event organizers full rights to use the resulting images and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for visual presentation, social media, or marketing purposes related to the event or future events organized by Mark Allen Group.

By entering the event premises, you waive any rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with the use of these materials.

What is the dress code?

The dress code is black tie attire.