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SHAKE IT UP - invites music teachers to make the most of the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML)

1st September 2017

SHAKE IT UP invites music teachers from across the UK to make the most of the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) by submitting a unique arrangement of published music for the chance to win up to £700 worth of music resources for their school.

The SPML was created to help drive student progress in music by giving them greater access to printed music, while also ensuring that creators receive fair payment for the use of their work. The Licence permits schools to copy and reuse content from printed music, meaning they can make copies (both photocopies and digital copies – i.e. made by scanning or by using notation software e.g. Sibelius or Finale) and flexible arrangements (by hand, using notation software e.g. Sibelius or Cubase, or using a Digital Audio Station e.g. Logic or Cubase).

In keeping with the Licence, SHAKE IT UP asks music teachers to submit an arrangement made for a distinct school purpose, such as a timetabled music lesson or a rehearsal of the junior orchestra, as well as a short written account of why the arrangement has been put together and the importance of putting printed music in the hands of our young musicians. 

Any music teacher engaged in supporting music education at a licensed school can enter, including peripatetic teachers and those based at a local Music Hub or Instrumental Service.

The SHAKE IT UP competition will kick off on the 1 September 2017 and will remain open for entries until the 16 March 2018.