The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Bristol Music Trust (BMT) have agreed a new strategic partnership.
The Bristol Music Trust is a charitable trust that runs both the Colston Hall and Bristol Plays Music. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions provides a framework for new strands of collaborative activity between the University and BMT.
The partnership will initially last five years and includes a shared commitment to developing industry leading educational facilities at Colston Hall; providing musical excellence for ambitious young musicians – including those with special educational needs and disabilities; and working together to champion talent development, diversity and skill, as part of Bristol’s vibrant music and cultural scene.
Louise Jennings, Associate Dean of Strategic Partnerships for Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, said: “We are really excited to be working with BMT to develop world-class music education facilities at Colston Hall, and are committed to working with BMT to deliver a creative and cultural curriculum for Bristol.”
Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust, said, “This new partnership is a fantastic opportunity for us to enhance cultural and creative experiences in Bristol.
“We will work together to drive inclusion and people’s creativity across the city, which is part of everything we do. It will also feed into our plan to secure Centre for Advanced Training status for the Hall, providing musical excellence for ambitious young musicians, including people with special educational needs and disabilities.”