Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises

-Posted on 15.05.2014

The jury for this year’s Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises were impressed by both the sheer range and quality of the Royal Academy of Music’s five finalists.

All projects were lauded as imaginative and developed to a high standard, and included:
– fun and interactive music education brought by a wind quintet;
– the thoroughly researched potential of online music teaching tool, ‘Iolma’;
– concerts around the dramatic history of a 300-year old violin;
– multi-sensory experiences brought by a chef and a pianist.

The project that met the ethos of the Award most closely, however – and will give long-term benefit not only to the founder Alyson Frazier but also to people in need – is this year’s Royal Academy of Music Deutsche Bank Award winner, ‘Play for Progress’.

Alyson is completing her MA in Flute Performance and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. Alyson, together with her friend Anna MacDonald MD, will work to bring music therapy and education activities to children who have been victims of conflict in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Alyson, Anna and their team have already secured encouragement from UNESCO Kurdistan and other high-level institutions and companies. The jury was convinced to give seed funding to this project “because it brings to life corporate social responsibility in a credible and sustainable way, in a project where music can make a very profound impact on individual biographies”.

Follow @PlayForProgress for updates on the project.

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