About our Partners
Our partners in the music industry are key to IEM being able to provide an excellent service to students and schools.
IEM work with young people interested in building a full time career in the music industry. Whether they want to work behind the scenes or as a full time performer. And our music associations provide very real opportunities to students, and thousands of jobs and careers each year.
Many of the companies listed below are the foundations of the music industry and we are lucky to have them as partners in our IEM workshops. It is thanks to them that we are able to offer new and real opportunities to young people that wish to achieve success in the business of music!
Our partners in the Music Industry, Music Education and Music Hubs all contribute to the success of IEM as the UK’s leading provider of Industry Education in Music through Music Workshops in UK schools.
Our Music Industry Partners
Marshall Amplification, industry partners with IEM. Marshalls are the most recognised brand in the guitar world. They are known for their own specific sound, the Marshall crunch tone, and this signature sound has gone on to assist many of the world's greatest performers. IEM work in partnership with Marshall to ensure that we have top of the range backline equipment at all of our workshops, shows and events.
Ibanez are a Japanese guitar manufacturer since 1908. They started with excellent classical guitars but became well established in the rock music scene with their electric guitars. Ibanez boast an impressive versatility having created a strong reputation in Jazz by endorsing artists such as Pat Metheny and George Benson. Ibanez have also manufactured many guitar amplifiers and effects pedals.
D’Addario & Company Inc is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories. D’Addario manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. and markets under seven brand names, D’Addario strings, Evans drumheads, ProMark drumsticks, PureSound, Rico reeds and Planet Waves. D’Addario instruments are distributed in 120 countries with more than 5,000 artist endorsments.
Zildjian is the largest cymbal manufacturer in the world. Making Turkish cymbals in the USA, based in Norwell, Massachusetts. The company was founded in Turkey in Istanbull in the 17th century by Avedis Zildjian, making Zildjian one of the oldest companies in the world, at nearly 400 years old. Zildjian also sell drum related accessories, such as drum sticks and cymbal carriers. Industry partners with IEM.
Yamaha started building organs and upright pianos in 1887. Since then they have developed an incredibly diverse business covering sports equipment, motorcycles, life- style related products and recreational products. This huge company are producing some of the finest products for all sectors in the music industry. You name it, they do it! We are proud they are industry partners with IEM.
Shure is an American audio products corporation. It was founded by Sidney N. Shure in Chicago, Illinois in 1925 as a supplier of radio parts kits. The company became a manufacturer of professional audio electronics for microphones, wireless microphone systems, in ear monitoring, ear phones, headphones, phonograph cartridges, discussion systems, mixers and digital signal processing.
Laney Amplification are a British designer and manufacturer of guitar and bass guitar amplifiers, cabinets and public address systems. Unlike some brands Laney Amplification do not sell directly to the public. They only deal with distributors and retailers. They work with legendary artist Toni Iomi, an original member of Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne, giving him and others their signature tone.
HH Electronics are a British company renowned for designing and producing pioneering audio products. They were ahead of their time from the very start, which put their brand at the forefront of the sound reinforcement industry. Today's HH products focus on the future, whilst remaining true to their enviable heritage. More importantly they still design in the UK with 'Head and Heart', design and passion.
Tama, previously known as Star Drums, began in 1965 and quickly became avid competitors against much larger, better established and more expensive American companies. At the time they were being used by professional musicians and gained an impressive roster of signed artists. Now they are one of the largest drum manufacturers in the world, and continue to provide excellent value for money.
GrapevineLive have been supporting the entertainment industry of East Anglia for over 20 years providing a comprehensive listing of gigs and shows, both online and in their free monthly magazine. Listing, reviewing and reporting on live events in East Anglia. They aim to connect people, venues, performers and sponsors to create a vibrant local music community. Industry partners to IEM.
Punch Studios is a vintage and bespoke recording studio located in the heart of Suffolk. Using a blend of analogue and digital production, they accomplish great sounding results full of vibe, tone and warmth. They love to track using tape as they believe it creates a distinguished, unique sound, and also brings out the best in artists. Projects are tracked as analogue and can be converted to digital with an analogue feel.
The Unsigned Music Awards is an annual awards show, that is designed to acknowledge prominent artists in the changing music industry. It is the first awards show of its kind and is televised on mainstream TV. The aim is to help artists build a sustainable music career on their own terms, by providing them with the same exposure, services and opportunities as a record label. The Unsigned Music Awards initiative is paving the way for the future of unsigned artists.
Our Educational Partners
The BIMM Group is the UK and Ireland’s largest and most successful vocational provider of modern music education. Specialising in fully validated, industry-relevant qualifications for aspiring musicians and music industry professionals. There are 5 successful and well established colleges in Brighton, Bristol, London, Dublin and Manchester. Nearly 80% of BIMM’s former students go on to work in the music industry.
Go Think Big is an innovative digital platform created by O2 and Bauer Media. It offers careers advice, tools and high quality work experience and skills opportunities to help young people aged 16-24 get a foot on the career ladder. GoThinkBig works in partnership with UK businesses including BBC, Sony Music, EY, Channel 4 and will offer 30,000 work opportunities to young people through the site over 3 years.
Suffolk One is an inclusive Sixth Form College located in Ipswich, Suffolk. They offer an extensive range of Post-16 courses including A Levels, BTEC Diplomas, GCSE re-sits and courses in Foundation Learning. Their facilities are of the highest standard in the country and we are proud to work with them as educational partners.
Music for All is the charity of the UK musical instrument industry, with the mission 'Making More Musicians'. They promote the substantial and wide ranging benefits of music making. Bringing “Learn to Play” experiences to people of all ages, all backgrounds and committed to bringing music to those with no access. They excel in developing educational partners.
StartUp Loans invest in young people and young businesses that are seen as creating opportunities, jobs or simply a career for the people involved. Most musicians across the world are self employed. So too are many of the managers, promoters and venue owners that work with them. Start-Up Loans help many people get started in the music industry. IEM was lucky enough to benefit from this scheme and continued support from their office, their patron 'James Caan' and delivery partners.
Ipswich Music Schools was founded in 2009 under the name Punch Rock Schools. Their idea was simple - to provide 8-18 year olds the opportunity to learn to play an instrument and to make friends whilst doing so. Since then this original idea has developed. Their Rock Schools and Music Clubs focus on developing three key areas. Namely songwriting, performance and social skills. Three things that are important to all modern musicians.
Out Loud Music are an established team of approachable, fun and professional music practitioners who have been running workshops and Rock Schools since early 2009. iRock is a new and exciting enterprise from Out Loud Music that offers a fun, bespoke and contemporary take on music education. iRock is the area's leading innovator in technology based music workshops, utilising iPads to create exciting and educational music courses.
Our Music Hubs Partners
Norfolk Music Hub, also known as Norfolk Music Education Hub was funded by the Arts Council to create more opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music. It is every organisation and school who engage with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality music.
Suffolk Music Hub, also known as The Suffolk Music Education Hub, is a partnership of key local and regional music organisations, led by Suffolk County Music Service. Working in partnership, the Hub provides a wide range of musical opportunities and resources for children and young people. The aim is to create, deliver and signpost a joined-up music education provision for Suffolk children and young people, both in and out of school. IEM work with the Suffolk Music Hubs.
Cambridgeshire Music Hub, MUSH is the website for the music education hub in Cambridgeshire, an organisation set up to bring musicians and their supporters together. It commissions activities, provides an information resources, works with professional and amateur ensembles and musicians and through the partnership supports and inspires young musicians to develop their skills and interests. IEM partners Cambridgeshire Music Hubs.
Essex Music Hub, also known as Essex Music Education Hub is led by Essex Music Services/Essex County Council. With our partners we strive to improve opportunities for Young People. IEM work with the Essex Music Hubs.
What are Music Hubs?
Music Hubs are groups of organisations – such as schools, local authorities, arts organisations, other hubs, community or voluntary organisations – working together to provide joined up music education, respond to local music needs and fulfil the objectives of the music hub.