Creative Industries Supporting Education
JAMES is a consortium of music, entertainment and media industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence.

Assessed by industry professionals, we engage with education primarily through our Course Accreditation process which is designed to endorse relevance, quality and continuing innovation throughout the student curriculum.

This not only equips students for a rapidly changing industry, but also ensures that many years of industry experience are not lost to future generations.

JAMES continues to promote supportive links between between industry and education.
JAMES is a recognised PSRB (Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body) for undergraduate higher education courses. UNISTATS reference ‘ACC Type 10101’.


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A principal function of JAMES is Course Accreditation for courses appropriate for UK and International work in the Music and Entertainment Industries.

We also supply consultation to educationalists in course content and design and sit on validation panels. As well as providing valuable workshops and seminars for students, JAMES officers also act as industry based External Examiners and are available to take part in events such as industry panels at exhibitions.


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Film & TV production
Audio post production for film & TV
Games creation
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Live sound and lighting
Technical theatre
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Audio recording
Music production
Music performance
Music composition and songwriting
Music management and business
Sound for games
JAMES is spearheading industry involvement in education and their work is pivotal to the learning future of our students. Our accredited courses benefit from the wide pool of high level professionals in JAMES, particularly in music production, post-production, live sound, management, performance, theatre and broadcast. JAMES also keeps us up-to-date with rapid changes in the entertainment industry.
Mark Featherstone-Witty, Founding Principle/CEO, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts


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Choosing a career path is a daunting prospect, and selecting the best course of study is an even more important decision - particularly considering the potential costs involved.

We offer clear information for students and parents.


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At the heart of the JAMES philosophy is our determination to forge strong and worthwhile links between the students on our accredited courses and the practitioners in the industries they aspire to enter.
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JAMES founder members are APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services) and MPG (Music Producers Guild),

Associate members are MMF (Music Managers' Forum), AMPS (Association of Motion Picture Sound), PLASA, UK Screen Association, MIA (Music Industry Association), ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) and Drama UK.

BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and IASIG (Interactive Audio Special Interest Group) are endorsing members of the JAMES Accreditation Scheme.
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JAMES is a Not-For Profit Organisation (NPO) 'Private company limited by guarantee with no share capital'. All income is used in funding and running accreditation and education support activities. "The income and property of the Company shall be applied solely towards the promotion of JAMES objects and no portion shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of profit to Members, [or Directors], of the Company", as laid down by the Memorandum of Association of JAMES - Joint Audio Media Education Services Ltd - Item 4. Company No. 05855263