JAMES recently presented a two day Masterclass at UCLAN in Preston which included a panel discussion, listening clinics and practical instruction.

The panellists involved were Producer Cam Blackwood, Mastering Engineer Katie Tavini and Parr Street Studio Manager, Chris Taylor with JAMES Chair Dennis Weinreich moderating the session. The panel invariably covered a broad section of industry topics and sparked much discussion.

Listening Clinics were hosted by Cam Blackwood and Chris Taylor and Cam also handled a session working with a second-year student completing the production of a piece of music using the recently installed Neve Genesys Black console.

UCLAN's Principle Lecturer Paul Greene commented, "It was a great couple of days, the panel discussion was first class, expertly guided by Dennis, and all participants made really good contributions. The studio masterclass with Cam was excellent, he worked so well with the students and our artist. We'll certainly be looking to plan future events along these lines,"
Each year we invite Course Leaders from JAMES accredited courses to submit one student who they consider merits a small 'pat on the back'! In real terms, an £80 voucher donated to each student by audio & visual specialists, and Friend of JAMES, Richer Sounds.

The worthy recipients for 2017 are -
University of Wolverhampton Jason McKoy BA (Hons) Music Technology
University of Abertay John David Bruce BA (Hons) Sound and Music for Games
Leeds Beckett University Beth Heaton BA Music Production
Bucks New University David Panchen BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production
University of Suffolk Alistair Henty-Blows BA (Hons) Music Production
University of Central Lancashire Gary McMaster BA Hons Music Production
University of the West of England David Cliffe Broadcast Audio and Music Technology
University of Huddersfield Christopher McDonnell BA(Hons) Music Technology
Glasgow Caledonian University Liam Devlin BSc Audio Technology
University of Portsmouth James Hamilton BSc (Hons) Music and Sound Technology
Anglia Ruskin University Finlay Hudson BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Technology
JAMES Vice Chair Phil Harding recently attended the University of Suffolk/West Suffolk College Graduation ceremony at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk to present Alistair Henty-Blows with his Richer Sound award. See photo above.

Phil commented, "It's always a pleasure for a JAMES representative to attend graduation ceremonies for our JAMES Accredited Courses. The Richer Sound/JAMES award is available for all of our accredited courses to honour their nominated 'Outstanding Graduating Student."
The Government has responded to the EBacc consultation in a statement to Parliament. Instead of listening to the thousands of people who responded to their consultation, they have announced plans to press ahead with their un-evidenced, deeply damaging EBacc, which excludes creative subjects from key Government league tables.

Deborah Annetts, leader of the Bacc for the Future campaign said:

‘For a Government that claims to care about economic growth, social mobility, diversity and the creative industries, this decision is short-sighted and misconceived.

‘A matter of weeks after Ofqual confirmed the negative impact the EBacc is having on creative subjects in our schools the Secretary of State has betrayed the future of our children and their opportunities for work as well as our thriving creative industries.

‘We have no choice but to step up the Bacc for the Future campaign and urge the Department for Education to think again. We would ask Justine Greening to meet with Bacc for the Future representatives as soon as possible so she can understand first-hand the damage this misguided policy is having. As the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman said last week: ‘All children should study a broad and rich curriculum.’ We need to create an education which is fit for the 21st Century and fit for our country post-Brexit. This is not the way to do it.’

Click to read full Government response here. (PDF file)

Challenge this decision - Click here to write to the Prime Minister, copying in your local MP.

Music students at the University of Lincoln, UK, had the chance to learn from one of the best in the business when they were treated to a masterclass from renowned sound engineer and record producer, Tony Platt.

Throughout his long and successful career, Tony has worked with a range of high-profile artists, from Bob Marley and Paul McCartney to AC/DC and Iron Maiden, and is closely involved with the music industry accreditation body, Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES).

He joined students on the University’s BA (Hons) Music degree to deliver a talk entitled The Art Of Busking (or making it up as you go along), providing advice on producing and emphasising the importance of organisation in creativity. The students were then given the chance to perform, providing the opportunity to gain valuable feedback from the respected producer.

Tony Platt is the latest industry expert to work with Lincoln’s Music students, with musician and audio engineer George Shilling and Belle & Sebastian’s Mick Cooke having delivered guest lectures so far this academic year.

Read the full story here…

JAMES Assessors Dave Harris and Wendy Laybourne were invited to present JAMES student certificates to Buckinghamshire New University Graduates at its recent graduation celebrations at the Queen Alexandra Road campus in High Wycombe (see picture right).

The University, which celebrates its 125th anniversary over the coming 12 months, saw around 2,000 students graduate during the week, bringing 5,000 guests with them. The ceremonies were held at the Wycombe Swan Theatre.

Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor, said: “Our students come from across the country and the world and when they graduate are sought-after by employers. Some 94.5% of our graduates were in work or further study at the latest census point. This is a wonderful testimony to our students and the University is very proud of its graduates and their efforts.”

The University of Central Lancashire, UCLAN, College of Culture and the Creative Industries, has now become a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre, one of only three currently in England.

The JAMES assessors found that the depth of planning and very forward thinking in student collaboration at UCLAN across disciplines has created a benchmark in courses relevant to our industries.

The courses accredited were: BA (Hons) Music, BA (Hons) Music Production, BA (Hons) TV Production, BSc (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Animation & BA (Hons) Games Design.

These courses along with others in this college at UCLAN represent a very impressive and integrated programme. A JAMES Integrated Learning Centre acknowledges a significant level of collaboration across disciplines at an institution and represents what we at JAMES feel is the best preparation for a career in content creation and creative technology.

With the recent accreditation of LIPA’s BA (Hons) Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management and BA (Hons) Theatre Performance and Technology, LIPA has become the second JAMES Integrated Learning Centre in England. These two courses complement the music technology and the music performance degrees that have been accredited by JAMES for some time.

The essence of becoming a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre is being able to show not only industry relevance in the delivery and content of curricula, but also student collaboration between disciplines and courses which reflects good industry practice.

David Ward JAMES Executive Director "For many years LIPA has epitomised what we see in an ideal Integrated Learning Centre. Along with the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University they have set the benchmark for this prestigious award."

Mark Featherstone-Witty OBE LIPA’s Chief Executive and Founder said, “JAMES Integrated Learning Status represents and important milestone in LIPA’s evolution and we look forward to the benefits it will bring to our students and staff."

JAMES has been delighted to award accreditation for six courses at the University of Huddersfield in both the School of Music, Humanities and Media and the School of Computing and Engineering.

The courses awarded accreditation are: BA (Hons) Music Technology, BA (Hons) Music Technology & Popular Music, BA (Hons) Music and Sound for Image, BMUS (Hons) Creative Music Technology, BA Popular Music Production and BSc Popular Music Production.

The JAMES assessors were delighted with both the content and delivery of all these courses and the relevance that they had to our industry. The students that the assessors met were all highly appreciative not only of the courses that they were on but also the support that they received from the staff and in particular the excellent 'Placement Service' that the University of Huddersfield operates. This service was described by the assessors as a 'Jewel' in education for our industry.

Much excitement at JAMES Towers as we confirm that The Northern Film School based within the Leeds Becket University campus has achieved Accreditation for BA (Hons) Filmmaking and MA Filmmaking.

Larra Anderson, Director of the Northern Film School, added: “The JAMES accreditation means a tremendous amount for the Northern Film School because it speaks directly to the strengths of our staff’s professional skills and the industry standards of our facilities. We take great pride in these qualities and being the first film school to gain recognition from JAMES for these is extremely gratifying.”

The Music Industries Association (MIA) and the Association of British Theatre Technicians have recently confirmed their position as Associate Members of JAMES. More information to come soon.
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Producer Cam Blackwood working in a Masterclass with a UCLAN second year student.

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JAMES' Phil Harding presents Alistair Henty-Blows with his
Richer Sound award

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Tony Platt & Lincoln music Students

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JAMES assessors congratulating Bucks New Graduates

LIPA backstage at Sweeney Todd production

Analogue studio in The Media Factory at UCLAN

LIPA backstage at Sweeney Todd production

Backstage at LIPA’s Sweeney Todd production

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At work in one of Huddersfield’s recording rooms

Dave Ward Wendy Laybourn at Northern Film School

JAMES Policy Director David Ward and JAMES Assessor Wendy Laybourn put The Northern Film School through their paces!