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August 2021
A-level music education provided by state schools could completely disappear by 2033 as a result of an alarming year-on-year decline, new research suggests.

Falling access to the music qualifications, accelerated by cuts in local and central government funding in recent years, has also led to the gap between state and independent music education provision widening, according to work undertaken by Dr Adam Whittaker and Professor Martin Fautley at Birmingham City University.

Read full story on Birmingham City University website…
April 2021
Friend of JAMES changes name to Gearspace as part of a significant rebranding exercise.
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December 2020

Along with many events and activities, this year’s ‘JAMES Outstanding Achievement Awards’ took on a different look. Each year the most deserving students graduating from a JAMES accredited course are recognised for their achievements with a certificate and prize voucher that is presented as part of the year end Graduation Ceremony. Only this year many Graduation Ceremonies were delayed if not cancelled altogether.

This did not prevent JAMES from posting out the certificates and prizes for forwarding on to the deserving graduates. In the true spirit of these challenging times, one winner chose to donate the value of their award to support their local food bank which was gratefully accepted.

This year's awards went to:
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Mark Marcus - Degree Studies at West Suffolk College, Kelsey Shaw - University of Derby, Israel Orimolade - University of Wolverhampton, Conor Kearney - University of the West of England Bristol, Simon Cox - Buckinghamshire New University, Jonathan Davies - The University of Huddersfield, Janin Beneke - Glasgow Caledonian University and Matthew Willis - City, University of London

Well done to all, we hopefully look forward to a 'more' normal year in 2021.
November 2020

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rita Campbell (Vocalist / Songwriter) and Gary Bromham (Producer / Songwriter / Engineer) as new Co-Vice Chairs of JAMES. Both Rita and Gary have been JAMES Assessors for some years and have attended many course accreditation events.

We are delighted that they have volunteered to join the JAMES administration team to contribute towards the future development of JAMES Accreditation and the many schemes and initiatives that support JAMES accredited courses and their students.
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Rita Campbell in full swing!

Rita Campbell commented, "I am thrilled about my new role within JAMES. I’m delighted and honoured to be working alongside Gary Bromham. Together with the support and guidance of our JAMES peers, I look forward to an exciting and productive future with JAMES.

Co Chair Dennis Weinreich says: “It has been my pleasure to work with both Gary and Rita on accreditations and events and am overjoyed to welcome them to the administration of JAMES. Both are active in industry as well as education and bring welcome perspective energy to our team”.