Sponsors 2021

Classic FM Sponsoring Outstanding Musical Initiative

Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is delighted to be the headline partner for the Music & Drama Education Awards for the nineth year. Ever since it first launched on air in 1992, Classic FM has aimed to make classical music accessible and relevant to everyone. It’s a privilege, this year more than ever, to shine the spotlight on the people and organisations who have continued to deliver outstanding resources, opportunities, projects and support to students of all ages across the country. Alexander Armstrong, one of the nation’s best-loved presenters and host of Classic FM’s flagship programme (weekdays 9am to 12pm), will present the awards for the first time. 
Classic FM is available across the UK on 100-102 FM, DAB digital radio and TV, on Global Player on your smart speaker (“play Classic FM”), iOS or Android device and at ClassicFM.com.


Musician's Union sponsoring the Francesca Hanley Inspiration Award

The Musicians’ Union represents over thirty thousand musicians working in all sectors of the music business and has campaigned on behalf of its members since the organisation was established in 1893. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services for self-employed professional and student musicians of all ages. The benefits of membership include £10m public liability cover, £2,000 worth of equipment insurance, contract advice, partnership agreements, careers advice and legal assistance.

For more information please visit theMU.org

Music Teachers' Association sponsoring Outstanding Music Education Resource

The Music Teachers’ Association is the largest and longest established association of music teachers in the UK, supporting all who are connected with a school music department.


Incorporated Society of Musicians sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award

The ISM is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a subject association for music. As a politically and financially independent organisation, they have the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians and music education. The ISM supports over 10,500 members, including private, peripatetic and classroom music teachers, with a unique set of professional services. Membership benefits include one-to-one legal assistance, a DBS checking service, unpaid fees recovery, essential insurances, expert advice, award-winning professional development, enhanced professional status and more.