A Working Partnership between Industry and Education



Earlier in 2015, producer Tony Platt visited the University of Derby’s Music Production Show to offer music course students some careers and professional guidance. In this video Tony talks about his involvement in the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) and how these professional bodies are relevant to students wanting to work in the music industry.

Video courtesy of the University of Derby.

Lively assessment action early on in 2015 as Anglia Ruskin University takes re-accreditation with its BSc (Hons) Audio & Music Technology course, Salford with BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology and Abertay with BA (Hons) Creative Sound Production.

The Association of Motion Picture Sound have recently joined JAMES as Associate Members.

AMPS Chairman Peter Hodges said, “AMPS is pleased to be associated with JAMES an organisation that ensures that its accredited training courses provide the best in tuition, syllabus and facilities to enable students to get a good start in an industry relevant course.”

Representing the Entertainment Industries, PLASA has recently confirmed Associate Membership of JAMES.

Matthew Griffiths (CEO PLASA) said: “We have watched the quality work of JAMES grow over several years. We are now very happy to join with the other trade organisations in JAMES, playing our part in supporting education. Being part of the JAMES course accreditation programme will ensure that our sectors will have representation in course design and delivery.”

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Any young person aged between 14 and 24 hoping to carve out a career in the music industry will have the opportunity to transform their dreams into a reality, as The Big Music Project has launched nationwide.

Two of the biggest names in UK music – Global Radio’s Capital FM and the BPI who own the iconic BRITs brand - have joined forces with youth work charity UK Youth, to help youngsters from every corner of the UK get the skills they need to take a step closer to their dream career. The Big Music Project is funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

The website supplies -
* Careers inspiration from some of the biggest names in music including Ellie Goulding, Enrique Iglesias, Example, Katie B and 5 Seconds of Summer.
* Practical help and advice from people working in industries allied to music, on taking that ‘next step’
* Details of The Big Music Project Live events – powered by Music Matters - taking place in Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow and London this Autumn
* A preview of The Big Music Project Competition – powered by the Next BRIT Thing – a national music performance competition open to all genres and supported by hundreds of industry insiders.
* News from some of the 100 youth club “hubs” where thousands of young Big Music Project “Champions” are already starting to do great things with music in their communities.
* The On Track industry experience portal which will see thousands of young people find internships and work experience in creative industries.


The BA (Hons) Popular Music degree course at The University of Gloucestershire has been awarded JAMES accreditation. Course Leader Tom Soper said, “We are delighted to be recognised in this way. We have high graduate job outcomes and National Student Survey scores, but this kind of external, top-level validation really ices the cake."

Read more on the course here.

The 2013-14 Music Education Directory tracks over 1200 courses throughout the UK and Ireland. The data is divided by geographical region and then by level of qualification to make your course hunting more straight-forward.

The compilers recommend that once you have identified possible courses you contact the establishments directly to ask the most relevant questions.


Leeds Metropolitan University recently became JAMES' latest ILC with a seven course accreditation process. The courses involved were BSc (Hons) Music Technology, BA (Hons) Music Production, MA Music Production, MSc Music Technology, MSc Sound Design, MSC Sound & Music for Interactive Games and MA Music for the Moving Image.
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The University of Wolverhampton has been awarded JAMES accreditation for its innovative music course BA (Hons) Music Technology.

Speaking about the award, Matt Bellingham, senior lecturer in Music Technology at the University, said: “The accreditation is a validation of the quality and industrial relevance of the course. It is also a great industry link which will improve the quantity and quality of visiting practitioners for lectures and talks.”
Find more information here on the course and university.

We are extremely happy to announce that the Music Managers' Forum (MMF) has become an Associate Member of JAMES. Phil Harding JAMES Chair comments, "I am delighted to welcome the MMF as an Associate Member of JAMES. Our established Industry Accreditation scheme will benefit tremendously from the input of MMF and their members. A number of MMF representatives will be trained to become assessors for our Course Accreditation visits, allowing the JAMES scheme to be taken up by more Music Business and Entrepreneurial courses throughout the UK. I'd like to thank Jim Thomas and Jon Webster for their co-operation."
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JAMES has announced its full backing of the National Skills Academy led by Creative & Cultural Skills.

JAMES has recently worked with Creative & Cultural Skills to develop a new Studio Apprenticeship, which will be launched by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey on 17 July. It has been agreed that this initiative will be the first in a series of collaborations aimed at enhancing and promoting the skills of current and future music studio technicians, producers, songwriters and composers.

This timely partnership will become a prominent feature in the UK Music Skills Academy, which will be launched on 9 July. This new branch of the National Skills Academy will focus on improving skills and training for the music industry.

Phil Harding, JAMES Chairman said, "An industry apprenticeship scheme is long overdue and will benefit many students and our industry. We are therefore very happy to be working with the National Skills Academy and Creative & Cultural Skills. JAMES considers education and training to be vital in nurturing tomorrow’s talent. Our initiatives are designed to facilitate the highest standards, thus ensuring that many years of recording industry experience are not lost to future generations.”

Catherine Large, Joint CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills said, “Our education partners in the Skills Academy are the starting point for the creative careers of over 400,000 students. We are delighted to be working in partnership with JAMES to ensure that these young people are aware of the skills needed to produce high quality music - a skill that is at risk as technology changes, yet remains a key asset of the UK's music industry.”

Robin Millar, record producer and Creative & Cultural Skills Trustee adds, “The mutual support given by JAMES and Creative & Cultural Skills at this time is a clear signal that a vital craft is under threat. Budget cuts in recording have led to studio closures and the near-extinction of the traditional studio apprenticeships.

“Working together with JAMES and UK Music, we have the opportunity to ensure that a new generation of properly trained talent can maintain the recording standards that have made Britain a world leader in recorded music for over 50 years.”

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive, UK Music said, “I am thrilled JAMES and Creative & Cultural Skills have teamed up to create the new Studio Apprenticeship Scheme. Young people from all backgrounds, and all walks of life, will now have the opportunity to break into an exciting and highly skilled sector. UK Music is proud to support this scheme. We are looking forward to collaborating with JAMES and Creative & Cultural Skills on a range of projects as we continue our quest to improve skills and training across the music industry.”

Confirmed in January 2013, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is the latest University to be awarded JAMES Accreditation - for their BA (Hons) Music Production course.

Course Leader Paul Greene commented, "We are delighted to have gained accreditation by the JAMES organisation for the BA (Hons) Music Production course. The accreditation process was very supportive and the communication from the JAMES team was clear and very helpful, as were their comments and observations in their final report.

The report included positive comments on the ‘tremendous creative freedom’ offered to our students within the course structure and the means by which we have developed the curriculum whilst maintaining its relevance to a fast changing industry. The panel also commented favourably on the fact that the students feel they are ‘stakeholders’ in the course rather than ‘customers’ and that the collaborative and networking opportunities available in the environment of the Media Factory are numerous and exciting.

Our current and future students can be assured that studying on our industry accredited course will enhance their opportunities on graduation, and furthermore we are confident that through this association with JAMES the Music Production course at Uclan can continue to be successful and relevant in the higher education sector."

Other recent Accreditations are BA (Hons) Music Technology at Swansea Metropolitan University and BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering at Perth College UHI.

JAMES is now offering Industry Accreditation for Music Performance courses. This accreditation and centre approval process complements the existing accreditation schemes for Recording, Music Production, Audio Post Production courses.

JAMES Policy Director David Ward said, “Many colleges and universities have courses recognised and accredited by JAMES. Over the last year they have asked for accreditation of the performance elements of their courses. After consultation with many performers and performers organisations, we are happy to announce this new process.”

JAMES have put together a team of high level performing professionals who will visit colleges as part of the accreditation process. JAMES’ mission is to ensure that years of professional experience in our industry is not lost to future generations, therefore this accreditation is seen as a process to support college students and staff.

For more information get in touch with us via our Accreditation Contact page.

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Click here to to go to the JAMES Careers Advice page to view their latest information leaflet on working in the Sound Recording industry.
A principal function of JAMES is Course Accreditation for audio recording & music production, live performance, music composition and audio post production for film & TV. In addition, JAMES actively provides industry support for education and student careers advice.

Made up of dedicated audio industry professionals and academics, JAMES' role is to create and maintain supportive links between education and the media industries. We wish to ensure that many years of professional experience are not lost to future generations.

JAMES accredits education on behalf of the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services), MPG (Music Producers Guild), MMF (Music Managers' Forum), PLASA and the UK Screen Association.

BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and IASIG (Interactive Audio Special Interest Group) endorse the JAMES Accreditation Scheme.

JAMES is a recognised PSRB (Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body) for undergraduate higher education courses. UNISTATS reference ‘ACC Type 10101’.