RNCM is awarded prestigious international award for tackling the music crisis

We are incredibly proud to have received a prestigious international award for our research and activity in breaking down barriers to music education.

Awarded to Professor Jennie Henley, Director of Programmes, the Parson Music Advocacy Award is run by the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and recognises excellence in music education.

RNCM Young Artists with tutor

One of only two winners in Europe, the RNCM is renowned for its work in this area, generating evidence-based research to support the value and benefits of music learning and continued participation or involvement in music making.

Funding received will support the RNCM Engage Transitions Project, enabling us to continue to develop solutions to tackle the music education crisis in schools across the UK, with a specific focus on 16 to 20-year-olds who need targeted support to transition and be inspired to pursue music at Higher Education and/or professional level.

As the North of England’s only Royal Conservatoire, the RNCM trains 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate music students each year. We are proud to be leading the way to drive change in music education, ensuring young people are able to study and enjoy this subject.

Professor Henley says: ‘Through RNCM Engage we have a bold vision to develop, secure and advocate for the different routes into studying music at conservatoire level for people of all backgrounds. We are already helping thousands of young people explore their talent and love for music. This award and funding will enable us to focus on the critical ‘drop off’ age and through research-led practice, ensure they don’t give up, but develop our vision to secure the future of music’


17 May 2023