UCan Play is committed to working in partnership with organisations across the UK to support music education. One of our most important partnerships is with Restore the Music UK. Over the years, we have worked with them to distribute over £1 million of funding to develop music education programs in London primary and secondary schools. UCan Play has advised teachers on their curriculum planning, identified, sourced and supplied instruments for their schools through our extensive trade partnerships, and has provided broader consultancy support and advice (free of charge) to the charity’s CEO Polly Moore.
Through our partnership, UCan Play and Roland UK were delighted to be able to offer a range of prizes to schools who either won or came runners-up in the recent Virtual Battle of the Bands hosted by Restore the Music UK. Prizes included Boss Katana amplifiers, a bass synthesizer, vocal processor units, Casio keyboards, Presonus Audiobox digital audio interfaces, music stands, Boss T-shirts, and a whole host of other music accessories for the lucky schools.
The competition was judged by a panel of leading music industry folk, including Gary Powell (drummer with The Libertines), Colin Barlow (former President of Sony RCA, Polydor and Geffen UK), Anita Blay (songwriter) and Emma Hatton (star of many West End productions including Evita, We Will Rock Rock and Cats).
The winning entries were from the following schools:
- Solo category: Harris Academy Greenwich
- Rap and Hip Hop Production: Oasis Academy Shirley Park
- Group: Reach Academy Feltham
- Primary: Hackey New Primary School
Congratulations to all the winning schools and also to those who featured as runners-up. Full details of the results can be found here.
A big thank you to Roland UK and Normans Music for the provision of some prizes and, most importantly, a huge thank you to Restore the Music UK for their continued support of music education across London schools.