As the strains of My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean wafted towards our stand, I did think what an absolutely marvellous event the Music and Drama Expo is. It’s a vibrant, thronging mass of people who are absolutely nuts about their subject, and each have a bursting desire to collaborate and inspire equal passion in their students. Listening to the Scottish folk song it was actually quite easy to get misty eyed at all the voices united in celebrating music education in the UK, even in the face of so many challenges.
And everyone who came to visit our stand was brimming with the same joy. Our job is lovely on a day like this – we get to tell music teachers that the vast majority of them already have the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) and so anyone engaged in delivering music education in a school is free to photocopy, scan and arrange from printed music without worrying about copyright permissions. Their smiles got broader, they took leaflets for colleagues, and they’re armed to spread the word about the SPML.
Visitors to this year’s Music and Drama Education Expo were treated with a 20 minute set from North Oxfordshire Academy‘s The Sambinos. The Sambinos are a samba band who create new arrangements of a range of well-known tunes and were finalists in last year’s Shake It Up competition. Their performance drew in a huge crowd and included songs like Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics, Cheap Thrills by Sia and If I Dream by RuPaul.
If you couldn’t be there in person at the Expo, you can still celebrate the vibrancy of music education and the permissions of the SPML by entering our Shake It Up competition. Simply send us an arrangement you’ve made under the SPML from printed music, and a completed entry form, and you could be taking home one of the three cash prizes. For more information and everything you need to enter, visit the Shake It Up Competition page.