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Performing Arts Resources

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Local & Regional Music & Sound Art Organisations

David Beard Music Production
A Derbyshire-based music production company supplying music and sound design to a wide range of media including Film, Video & TV, Theatre & Dance Productions.

Derby Jazz
Derby Jazz supports and develops jazz in Derby. It is a not-for-profit jazz development organisation which has been continuously active since 1982.

Derbyshire Music Education Hub
Derbyshire Music Education Hub is a collaboration between key local and regional music organisations, led by the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership, working together to create joined up, high quality music education in and out of school.

Lots for Tots
East Midlands networking website – local events, classes, toddler groups, places to go and family-friendly businesses for parents, pre-schoolers, toddlers, babies and parents-to-be.

Story and Rhyme times in Derbyshire
Information about Rhythm and Rhyme sessions in Derbyshire libraries and Children’s Centres. It’s never too early to start sharing stories and rhymes with our baby or toddler!

Sinfonia Viva
Sinfonia Viva is the only fully professional chamber orchestra in the East Midlands.

National Music & Sound Art organisations

Artmusic produces and promotes collaborative work between artists from different disciplines with the aim of fostering new relationships between the arts and other spheres.

Classical Guitar Academy
Derbyshire’s only dedicated Classical Guitar Shop & Classical Guitar School. The CGA is dedicated to providing the best guitar lessons in Derby.

COMA (Contemporary Music-making for Amateurs)
COMA was founded in 1993 to enable musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music. It has a national network of instrumental and vocal ensembles and an expanding international programme.

English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)
The EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. They champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

Incorporated Society of Musicians
The ISM is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music.

Making Music
Making Music is the UK’s membership organisation for leisure-time music, with a membership of over 3,700 groups representing around 200,000 music makers across the UK.

Musicians Union
The Musicians’ Union is a community of around 32,000 musicians working to protect our members’ rights and campaign for a fairer music industry.

Performing Rights Society Foundation
The PRS Foundation invests in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world.

Rockin’ Robin Drum Services

Rockin’ Robins is created and run by Professional Musician, Ben Tennett. With over 10+ years experience of performing, Ben has been working as a Drum Tech all over the UK and Europe.

Sing for Pleasure
The national choral organisation offering first-class tutors and dedicated volunteer support for their loyal members.

Sound and Music
Sound and Music’s mission is to maximise the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music.

Sound Sense
Sound Sense is the UK development agency for community music. The agency supports organisations and individuals who help people make music in their communities through music workshops and teaching, supporting professional development, providing information and advice and raising awareness of issues in community music.

The Association of British Orchestras
The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) represents the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK.

The Under-Fives
Things to do with young children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Under-Fives includes lists of places to go, children’s books, playgroups and much more.

National participatory arts organisations

Artworks Alliance
The mission of ArtWorks Alliance is simple: better participatory arts encompassing all art forms, ways of working, settings and purposes.

ITAC – International Teaching Artist Collaborative
The International Teaching Artist Collaborative brings together artists, organisations, funders, and researchers from all over the world to explore key issues related to participatory arts practices.

Voluntary Arts
Voluntary Arts Network supports, encourages, promotes and advocates for creative cultural activity in all its forms.

National theatre and drama organisations

The Amdram website is created to promote amateur theatre.

Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre is a producing house that combines its professional programme with an exciting suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as an emerging talent programme aimed at developing the next generation of artists.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Centre for the study of theatre and its related activities.

Equity is a union which represents more than 47,000 performers and creative practitioners, uniting them in the fight for fair terms and conditions in the workplace.

Outdoor Arts UK
Outdoor Arts UK is a national membership and strategic organisation that aims to bring together the many diverse parts of the Outdoor Arts sector.

National Association of Youth Theatres
Founded in 1982, NAYT is an educational charity working with over 1,300 groups and individuals to support the development of young people through excellent youth theatre.

National Drama
National Drama is the UK’s leading professional association of drama educators mostly aimed at those in TIE, primary and secondary education.

National Operatic and Dramatic Association
NODA is the national body that represents amateur theatre. The National Operatic and Dramatic Association was founded in 1899 to protect and advance the interests of operatic and dramatic arts, and of societies engaged therein.

National Youth Musical Theatre
The National Youth Musical Theatre offers exceptional opportunities in pre-professional, musical theatre training for talented young people of all backgrounds aged 10-23 years.

Local Dance Organisations

Déda is a creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor performance based in the heart of Cathedral Quarter in Derby – connecting locally, nationally and internationally.

University of Derby
The University of Derby offers courses in contemporary dance, dance and movement, dance and contemporary circus and creative expressive therapies.

Regional Dance Organisations

Cheshire Dance
Cheshire Dance leads the artistic provision and support of dance across Cheshire. They champion diversity as a source of creativity and the critical role of dance artists in public engagement.

DanceXchange is a Birmingham-based dance organisation dedicated to making and showing great dance. They’re set on involving artists and the wider community in their projects.

Dance 4
National dance agency based in Nottingham. Dance4 curates the biennial Nottdance Festival, which takes place across the city of Nottingham. It’s regional work for children and young people includes U.Dance in the East Midlands and the Centre for Advance Training.

Yorkshire Dance
A charity which champions the value of dance and its development in Yorkshire, creating opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance.

National Dance Organisations

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Touring classical ballet company which aims to be one of the world’s best classical ballet companies. Birmingham Royal Ballet is respected for its excellence, artistic innovation and social responsibility, that connects with its audience and communities in its home city of Birmingham, throughout the UK and across the world.

Council for Dance Education and Training
Provides excellent quality in professional dance, drama and musical theatre education.

Dance Consortium
A UK wide website for international dance with a group of 20 large theatres.

Dancers’ Career Development
Dancers Career Development is the only organisation of its kind in the UK that supports professional dancers into alternative careers after retiring from performance.

English National Ballet
One of the leading classical ballet companies in the UK.

English Folk Dance and Song Society
Organisation supporting English folk dance and song based at Cecil Sharpe House, London.

International Dance Teachers Association
Membership organisation for professional dance teachers. Lists local dance schools.

National centre for movement, learning and health. Jabadao works in partnership with education, health and social care sectors to create more opportunities for people to get involved in movement activities that promote health, learning and well-being.

Trinity Laban
One of Europe’s leading dance conservatoires offering undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in contemporary dance artist training and professional development.

Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship fund
Scholarship fund supporting dancers, choreographers, administrators, teachers, therapists, journalists, photographers, and others working in dance/movement who want to enrich their practice through travel.

Northern Ballet Theatre
Northern Ballet Theatre NBT (NBT) is a national touring ballet theatre company based in Leeds. It performs high quality original narrative ballet works in venues across the country, with a special focus in Leeds and the north of England. The company also offers education and training programmes.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) is a dance training institution offering a select group of students the opportunity to develop and excel as dance artists in a conservatoire environment.

One Dance UK
One Dance UK is a sector support organisation leading the way to a stronger, more vibrant and more diverse dance sector.

People Dancing
The UK development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance.

The Royal Academy of Dance
Promotes knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally.

The Royal Ballet
The Royal Ballet is committed to enriching people’s lives through ballet.

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