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Innovative Media and Music Heritage in Education

Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) are the leaders of an EU-funded Leonardo networking project around music heritage and vocational education entitled Innovative Media and Music Heritage Impacting Vocational Education (IMMHIVE). The project is headed up by BCMCR researchers Dr Paul Long and Jez Collins, who between them have an emerging body of research work in the field of music heritage.

The project aims to create a cooperation network of organisations, which involves those designing vocational courses for the music industry, those delivering vocational training to the music industry and those working in the music industry itself.

Project activities consist of:

  • Consultations with trainees and their employers in the music industry
  • Exchange visits between partners
  • Development of results and dissemination activities.

Our partners in this project come from a variety of institutions and organisations across Europe, including: Newthinking Communications GmbH, Contemporary Music Centre Ltd, Foundation Modern Education and Science, Kpacita SCA, Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem, New Music Labs BV and Tampereen ammattiopisto.

The partnership will address Leonardo priorities around supporting improvements in innovation in vocational training practices, enhancing the attractiveness of vocational training to those in the music industry by responding to the needs of the labour market, and creating closer links between VET and working life.

The project has so far produced a number of fruitful mobility visits to numerous European locations including: Varna, Bulgaria; Dublin, Ireland; Berlin, Germany; Tampere, Finland and Groningen, The Netherlands. Additionally, BCMCR has also hosted our European partners here in Birmingham.

To find out more about the IMMHIVE project, please visit the BCMCR website.

Download the full impact case study submitted to REF 2014

Download the flyer for this research story (PDF)