HISTORY

The accreditation scheme was initiated by the APRS and ‘piloted’ in 1998. It was originally created at the request of APRS Recording Studio members who needed to evaluate courses attended by job applicants. The APRS and the MPG developed the scheme as a supportive process. The UK Screen Association representing the audio post-production industry added their expertise to the process.

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In 2006 the APRS and MPG supported the formation of JAMES as an independent, not for profit organisation to manage and develop links between their industry members and education.

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In 2008 JAMES became one of the Accreditation bodies recognised by Creative Skillset as having programmes consistent with their own schemes in the creative professions.

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2008 saw the introduction of FE Centre approval for colleges.

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In 2010 JAMES worked with the Gus Dudgeon Foundation, GDF to provide a selection of hand picked students from accredited courses with the opportunity to work with an experienced producer / engineer to record and produce pieces of work under typically ‘real world’ conditions. The ‘Gus Dudgeon Suite’ at University of Glamorgan was the perfect location using the mixing console and equipment that is a part of Gus’s legacy.

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2011 saw the introduction of accrediting Music Performance courses.

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2012 saw the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers (BASCA) and the Interactive Audio Special Interests Group (IASIG) join the list of industry organisations that formally endorse the JAMES Accreditation.

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2012 also saw the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and UCAS recognising JAMES as an Industry Accreditation Awarding Body.

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2013 saw the introduction of JAMES Integrated Learning Centre recognising Institutions who are taking further steps beyond course accreditation to provide multiple pathway, cross discipline collaborations.

▶︎ 2014 saw MMF [The Music Managers Forum] and PLASA [Professional Lighting and Sound Association] became associate members of JAMES representing the artist management and sound for event and entertainment systems.

▶︎ In 2015 JAMES joined with AES Scotland for the first of a series of presentations. To date these have included subjects such as, “Managing the capture of sound in creative spaces”, “Recording at arms length” and “The changing role of the producer”.

▶︎ In 2016 the decision was made to hold our regular meetings with course leaders and academics in music and media relevant locations offering the chance to see and talk with a range of industry people as a part of the meeting. Recording studios, audio equipment manufactures, research and archive establishments were chosen to further enable the exchanges between industry and education.

▶︎ In 2018 building upon the great success of the annual GDF summer school events, a unique opportunity was embraced to work with University of West Suffolk at West Suffolk College to provide students the experience of preparing and recording an orchestral music performance. This would include working with a small ensemble and building up to a full dress rehearsal and recording a live performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in London.

▶︎ In 2019 JAMES became a part of the Student Minds university charter for student wellbeing programme, attending several formative events and adding a Media Industries wellbeing support section to our web site.

▶︎ In 2019 JAMES became one of the Healthy Conservatoires Network contributors and embraced the work undertaken by BAPAM, the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.

▶︎ In 2019 JAMES developed criteria to include within the accreditation requirement to assess and reinforce the programme of wellbeing support provided to students and strengthen the understanding and importance of delivering a Healthy Hearing policy across the programme of learning.

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In 2020 JAMES accreditation scheme temporarily became a virtual exercise as a result of the COVID pandemic. Our first virtual meeting was held at which a select panel of speakers from Abbey Road Studios, front line Health care professionals, musician session management specialists and small independent studios explained to our course leaders how industry was dealing with the global challenges and ‘Getting Back To Work’ as safely as possible.

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