Pencils, jelly beans and leaflets – check.
The entirely stunning surroundings of the University of Stirling – check
A hall buzzing with enthused and creative music teachers – check
Kicking the afternoon off with a group sing-along – check
It must be the SAME Conference!
Recently the Scottish Association for Music Education hosted their 22nd annual conference and invited music teachers to join workshops and sessions ranging from drumming to singing, composition to technology. CLA were delighted to be there to fly the flag for the Schools Printed Music Licence (SPML) - which has been included in a central agreement with the Scottish Government since 2013 - and also to promote the Shake It Up competition, now in its second year.
Lots of teachers knew about the SPML already, by virtue of our data collection exercises. These collect the data upon which our royalty payments are paid out, so it was great to be able to say thank you for teacher’s co-operation and efforts with these exercises in person! For those teachers who hadn’t heard of the SPML, it was just marvellous to see their faces light up when they were told they could photocopy, scan and arrange without the worry of copyright permissions.
I also extracted lots of promises to enter the Shake It Up competition – admittedly in return for unashamed jelly bean bribes - so I look forward to hearing from you my Scottish brethren! The competition invites teachers in licensed schools to send us an arrangement they’ve made from printed music for a school purpose, and all for the chance to win hefty cash prizes for the music department.
Remember, the competition is open to all music teachers working in licensed schools. See how to enter and it could be you walking away with £700 for your next big music department purchase.
Next stop – Manchester Music and Drama Education Expo on 11th October. We’ll see you there!
About the author
Julie Murray is Education Licences Manager at CLA, which means she trains and educates licensees in schools, further and higher education institutions about CLA licences and how they fit in to the wider world of copyright. Prior to working at CLA, Julie was Head of History and Politics at an 11-18 comprehensive in London.