ISM launches a new training day aimed at hub leaders and frontline staff

Planning for success with Music Hubs

  • Delegates will learn from key experts and hear how ACE will monitor hubs

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) today announces a new training day designed especially for music education hubs. Planning for Success with Music Education Hubs takes place on June 26, 2012 and the intensive training day brings together a range of specially chosen experts for grounding in the key skills needed to set up and operate highly effective hubs.

The ISM’s training day leaders are highly experienced experts in their field and include Richard Hallam MBE, President Elect of the ISM and with a lifetime’s experience in all aspects of music education (including as a teacher, Advisor and Inspector, Head of Music Service and Government adviser). Pat Abraham’s session will focus on formulating a business plan and draw on her experience as a senior arts manager and many years spent working with Arts Council England. Carolyn Baxendale (Head of Bolton Music Service) will talk about ways to grow and promote music hubs and John Cammack (formerly Head of International Finance at Oxfam GHB) will ground delegates in important financial know-how, including risk analysis and contingency planning. The training-day will also give delegates the opportunity to hear from an Arts Council England (ACE) representative who will provide an important briefing on how ACE will be monitoring the work of the hubs. Finally, ending the day, the ISM’s Chief Executive Deborah Annetts and Jeanette Allen (CEO The Horse Trust) will deliver a session on key leadership skills and how best to lead an organisation through change.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, the ISM, said:

“September 2012 will see the launch of the 122 new Music Education Hubs and this ISM training day aims to support hub leaders as they put together their business plans and make key decisions which will impact on their hubs and music education over the years to come. The ISM, the professional body for musicians and music educators, has a wealth of knowledge to share and has hand-picked experts to offer an unmissable training day for all those involved in music hubs.”

This ISM training event is aimed at those leading hubs and follows the National Plan for Music Education and the recent announcement by Arts Council England. Planning for Success with Music Education Hubs is specifically designed for those working at a senior level within hubs and will help them to develop and implement an effective business plan, deal with challenges and maximise the opportunities at this crucial time.

The course costs £100 plus VAT and includes one year of Bronze corporate level membership of the ISM (worth £95).

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Planning for success with music education hubs

Date: Tuesday 26 June 2012, 9.30am to 5pm
Location: The Abbey Centre – The Garrett Anderson Room
34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3BU

During this course you will explore ways to:

  • Develop and implement your business plan
  • Promote your hub and grow your business
  • Manage your finances effectively
  • Lead and inspire your team
  • Review and evaluate

9.30am Registration & Refreshments

9.45 – 10.15 Introduction - Overview of what to expect from the day
Richard Hallam MBE

This session will give an overview of where we are in the National Plan for Music Education and the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead for hub leaders. Richard will also look briefly at what else could be on the agenda for music education in the run up to the next general election.

10.15 – 10.45 Briefing on the ACE Relationship Framework
Laura Gander-Howe, Director of Learning at ACE

10.45 – 11.00 Refreshments

11.00 – 12.30 Drafting and Implementing a Business Plan

Session delivered by Pat Abraham

Business planning will be a key ingredient in the effective setting up and running of successful hubs, and meeting the aspirations of the National Plan for Music Education.

12.30 - 13.15 Promoting your hub and growing your business
Workshop delivered by Carolyn Baxendale

This session will focus on:

  • Building relationships with your local schools
  • Growing your business and out-performing your competition.

13.15 LUNCH

14.15 Financial planning and managing your finances effectively
Session delivered by John Cammack

This session provides an overview of the various financial activities hubs need to undertake in order to ensure their practices are fit for funding reviews. Topics include:

  • Financial forecasting
  • Risk analysis and contingency planning
  • Financial management and record keeping
  • Ensuring your systems and processes are fit for funding reviews.

15.30 Refreshments

15.45-16.45 Leading an organisation through change
Panel led by Deborah Annetts and Jeanette Allen (CEO The Horses Trust)

You will explore the leadership skills and techniques in creating a vision, alignment, team building and enhancing performance.

16.45-17.00 Closing remarks

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Notes to Editors

About the ISM - The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the professional association for music and musicians. Our mission is to champion the art of music and support the music professional. Members are performers engaged in the profession across a number of genres as well as the wider industry. Corporate members include all the Conservatoires, university music departments, Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM, Association of British Orchestras, Federation of Music Services, Jazz Services, Music for Youth, Oxford University Press, specialist music schools including Chetham’s School of Music and the Yehudi Menuhin School, and music industry and trade organisations such as the Music Industries Association, Yamaha Music, and the International Artist Managers’ Association

Session leaders:

Richard Hallam has a lifetime's experience in all aspects of music education including as a teacher, Advisor and Inspector, Head of Music Service, professional trumpet player and conductor. He has been involved in music education nationally and internationally for over 18 years including being Chair of the National Association of Music Educators, Incorporated Society of Musicians' Music Education Section Warden and a member of the executive of the Music Education Council as well as being a member of numerous charitable, government and curriculum advisory bodies. In 2013 he will be president of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. During his 5 year part-time secondment as Government adviser he chaired the Music Manifesto steering committee. From 2008 to 2011 he was the National Music Participation Director. Through all of this work Richard had regular and direct contact with Ministers and Senior Officials in both the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Richard is President Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

Carolyn Baxendale is Head of Bolton Music Service. In Bolton, joint planning and collaboration with schools have become the main drivers for the growth and sustainability of local music service provision, and the recently implemented ‘Bolton Schools Music Strategy’ is providing a focus for the development of new opportunities and progression routes for all children. Carolyn is committed to maintaining this local connectivity in music education and is now working closely with other music services and regional organisations in Greater Manchester to develop a regional strategy. Carolyn is a nationally elected member of the Federation of Music Services executive and in this role is contributing to a national support programme for music services as they move towards Music Education Hubs. This is taken from FMS/ABO event

John Cammack is currently a freelance adviser, trainer and writer in management and financial management. He has previously worked as Head of International Finance at Oxfam GB and as Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Management at Oxford Brookes University. He is author of a number of books about non-for-profit financial management. John is a qualified accountant, manager and teacher and specialises in the not-for-profit sector. He has an MBA and a MSc in development management. John is an amateur musician in his spare time.

Pat Abraham is a senior arts manager and policy consultant. She began her career as a theatre technician in the U.S.A. before moving into administration in the UK. Her first position was in the finance department of (then) ACGB and she then moved to be Director of Greater London Arts. She has been a freelance consultant for nearly 25 years. Initially working on numerous local authority arts plans and a number of capital lottery applications. In the early ‘90s she was the founding Director of Dance 4 and of Dance 93 in the East Midlands – the year of dance celebration as part of ACGB’s Arts 2000 programme. Latterly she has moved to more focus on financial and business planning, governance and organisational and system reviews. She worked with ACE for nearly ten years as Lottery Policy Adviser during which time she advised on all issues of Lottery compliance and was involved in the development and implementation of all new ACE Lottery programmes. She undertook similar roles with (previous) Lottery Distributors Community Fund and Millennium Commission. She has undertaken a range of assessments for ACE Capital applications and served as lead adviser on ACE’s Stabilisation Programme.

Deborah Annetts is Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Trustee of National Youth Orchestra and Chair of the Music Education Council. Deborah is passionately committed to supporting music makers and music educators no matter what part of the profession they may work in. Having studied the piano and singing she took a degree in PPE at Oxford University. Following university she trained as a solicitor and was a partner and head of employment law at firm Stephens Innocent. Since 2001, Deborah has worked in the third sector as a Chief Executive and in May 2008 she became the CEO of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). She has led a programme of wide-ranging change, overhauling infrastructure, modernising services to members and developing the ISM’s public affairs function. The ISM has over 6,000 members from right across the music sector from individuals to institutions and from performance to education to composition. Deborah enjoys a wide range of music and is a keen supporter of the arts. She has been a volunteer for Arts and Business, a Trustee of the London Museums Agency and has served on the development committee of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. She is also a trustee of the human rights charity Fair Trials International.