Bristol Music Trust and UWE Bristol sign new partnership

Issue date: 04 January 2017

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Bristol Music Trust (BMT) have agreed a new strategic partnership.

The Bristol Music Trust is a charitable trust that runs both the Colston Hall and Bristol Plays Music. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions provides a framework for new strands of collaborative activity between the University and BMT.

The partnership will initially last five years and includes a shared commitment to developing industry leading educational facilities at Colston Hall; providing musical excellence for ambitious young musicians - including those with special educational needs and disabilities; working together to champion talent development, diversity and skill, as part of Bristol's vibrant music and cultural scene.

Louise Jennings, Associate Dean of Strategic Partnerships for Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, says, "This new strategic partnership between BMT and UWE Bristol marks our joint commitment to enhancing the cultural and creative education of communities of Bristol. We are really excited to be working with BMT to develop world-class music education facilities at Colston Hall, and are committed to working with BMT to deliver a creative and cultural curriculum for Bristol.”

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, said, “This new partnership is a fantastic opportunity for us to enhance cultural and creative experiences in Bristol.

“Through our transformation programme and UWE Bristol's City Campus, we will develop shared music facilities, enabling students and staff to develop professional practice in an inspiring learning environment. From Key Stage 1 to University level, we will provide through education, with the transformed Hall acting as the specialist music recourse for the City Campus.

“We will work together to drive inclusion and people's creativity across the city, which is part of everything we do. It will also feed into our plan to secure Centre for Advanced Training status for the Hall, providing musical excellence for ambitious young musicians, including people with special educational needs and disabilities.”

“We look forward to working with UWE over the coming years as we continue to build upon Bristol's reputation as a leader in music education.”

Colston Hall's £45m transformation campaign Thank You for the Music was launched in September 2014. Since then the Government, Bristol City Council, Arts Council England, and most recently Heritage Lottery Fund have made commitments to the project. Combined with private donations, the total pledge is currently just over £30million.

To show your support for the transformation, please sign-up to the 45k for 45m campaign here:

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