The Dan Beattie Award

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Dan Beattie,Edinburgh,award,music,guitarDan Beattie 1986 – 2011

An extraordinarily keen & gifted young musician, Dan Beattie attended Morningside School of Music throughout 2010 in preparation for his studies in Music at Brunel University, London. Dan was one of the most determined and enthusiastic musicians that Morningside School of Music had encountered, and his attitude towards learning was nothing short of inspirational.

Dan played guitar, piano and was also a great vocalist. He later went on to learn the mandolin and ukulele. He had a particular interest in popular music theory and live music performance. Music was his pride and passion.

Aged only 24, Dan and his younger sister Carly, 21, were tragically involved in a fatal air accident while in Florida.

He will be greatly missed by the staff at the music school who grew very fond of Dan and developed friendships with him.

Morningside School of Music will continue to remember Dan every year through the ‘Dan Beattie Award for the Dedication to Musical Excellence’ which is presented to the student who shows the same high level of determination & dedication that Dan showed throughout his musical training.

The award is presented annually at the Morningside School of Music Grand Annual Charity Ball, by Dan’s father, Mr Tom Beattie.

The award has been presented to:

2019 - Harry Valentine

The teachers at the music school have been completely amazed by Harry's determination to constantly improve his musicianship. Despite only having played the guitar for a few years and still only being in primary school, Harry has proven himself to be a very worthy recipient!

2018 - Katy Martin

We were absolutely blown away by the sheer determination of this year's winner, Katy Martin. A pianist, flautist, composer and vocalist, Katy has be working hard with us for many years whilst still at school.

2017 - Summer Xie

Our youngest recipient of the Dan Beattie award to date, Summer Xie, shows ability on the piano that is past young age. Her level of practice and eye for detail in her work impressed all the staff at Morningside School of Music, none more than her piano teacher.

2016 - Beth Peters

Beth's teachers were so impressed by her impressive vocal ability, they insisted that she be nominated as the 2016 winner of the Dan Beattie Award. Her range, vocal technique and stage presence left the audience cheering to hear more at the Morningside School of Music Grand Annual Ball which was held in aid of SAMH. Beth Continues to study voice with us and is performing live every opportunity she gets.

2015 - Izzy MacLullich

Despite her young age, Izzy is without a doubt one of the most proficient drummers that Morningside School of Music has ever had the pleasure of teaching. At the age of just 12, Izzy was playing through Grade 8 Rockschool Drumming easily, her drum teacher astounded by her incredible aptitude for music. Izzy has gone on to play alongside some of the most famous drummers in the world and even hold her own drum workshops across the UK.

2014 - Conal Mooney

Conal ‘Rockstar’ Mooney, as he is affectionately known at the music school, has proved himself to be a very worthy winner of the Dan Beattie Award. As a multi-instrumentalist who can play piano, bass and drums, Conal received a distinction at Grade 8 Rockschool in his guitar exam. We are very proud of Conal due to the determination he holds when it comes to musicianship. in 2017, Conal enrolled at Edinburgh Napier University on the BA Popular Music degree course where he continues to impress with his virtuoso guitar skills.

2013 - Nikki Lamont

A multi-instrumentalist, singing, playing the guitar, piano and bass, Nikki impressed everyone with her outstanding songwriting skills and her musical aptitude. Nikki has since gone on to study music and graduated with a BA Music degree from Kingston University in 2018.

2012 - Gus Harrower

The second winner of the Dan Beattie Memorial Award was the 14-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist, Angus Harrower. The award ceremony was held at the 2012 Morningside School of Music Annual Dinner which raised over £2,000 for the Sick Kids Friend’s Foundation. The award was presented by Dan’s father, Tom. Since winning the award, Gus has gone on to play, compose, produce and promote his way to Scottish music scene stardom. Gus has been on various TV shows, written about in many newspapers and in 2015, was included in Scotland on Sunday ‘one to watch for 2016’ list. In 2016, Gus enrolled at Edinburgh Napier University on the BA Popular Music degree course.

2011 - Ruiradh Logan

The first-ever recipient of the Dan Beattie Award for Dedication to Musical Excellence. Ruaridh worked extremely hard at Morningside School of Music, in particular, on drums and guitar, dedicating as much free time as possible to the progression of his musical studies. The staff at Morningside School of Music were extremely proud to see Ruaridh lifting the trophy. Since winning the award, he has gone on to perform at various gigs across the Capital and has continued to progress under the watchful eye of his teacher, David Jeans.

Music Sector Code of Practice

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Code of Practice – Positive Positive Change within the Music Industry


On the 12th of July 2018, Deborah Annetts, CEO of The Incorporated Society of Musicians, and Naomi Pohl, the Assistant General Secretary of the Musicians Union, signed a joint code of practice that will help eradicate bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector. The list of principals will aid all employers within the industry to meet their legal requirements and set out a shared vision of promoting and maintaining a positive working culture.

Morningside School of Music has pledged its full support towards the code of practice.


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Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said:

‘The ISM’s Dignity at work report revealed a culture of discriminatory behaviour, including sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination relating to all protected characteristics across the entire music sector. The respondents, who were mainly self-employed, ‘depping’ musicians (and not covered under the Equality Act 2010), did not report their experiences due to fear of being victimised and ‘blacklisted’, indicates a toxic culture which needs to change.

Following in the footsteps of the British Film Institute and UK Theatre/SOLT, who have both launched vital principles for the film and theatre industries, the ISM and Musicians’ Union have joined forces to launch a set of principles for the music sector. We call on all organisations – whether they are a venue, orchestra, school, recording studio or otherwise, to sign up and support this Code and ensure its implementation within the workspace.’

Naomi Pohl, Assistant General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union, said:

‘When the #MeToo movement began in late 2017, the MU established a confidential email account for musicians and other individuals working in the music sector to report instances of sexism, sexual harassment and abuse. The many reports we have received have been deeply concerning and range from everyday sexism, which appears rife across the industry, to sexual assault. It is clear to us that the culture of the music and entertainment sectors, as well as drama and music education, need to change radically. To put it bluntly, many workplaces simply aren’t safe for female musicians in particular at the present time.

We know that many employers, venues and educational establishments are keen to work with us and we believe this new Code of Practice will be widely welcomed. While it isn’t the only available Code of Practice, it is unique in our sector because it has been drafted with freelance workers, performers and students in mind. Freelancers are particularly vulnerable to abuse as they may feel they have no rights and nowhere to turn for help. We want to ensure they feel supported at work and that we and their engagers have their safety and well-being as our top priority.’ 

A set of principals to tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination for all those working in the music sector


These principles aim to eradicate bullying, harassment, discrimination and other forms of inappropriate behaviour within the sector. They will also help employers to meet their legal requirements as well as setting out a shared vision for promoting and maintaining a positive working culture.

All employers, employees, officers, workers, agency workers, trainees, students, tutors, volunteers, trustees and freelancers should adhere to these principles. Everyone is responsible for promoting and maintaining an inclusive workplace which is positive and supportive.

We are committed to promoting and maintaining a diverse and equal working culture


  • We oppose bullying, harassment and discrimination and will not tolerate such behaviour within our own organisation and network.
  • We are committed to playing our part in improving the working culture of the music sector.
  • We are an equal opportunities employer and committed to improving diversity within our own workforce.
  • We value inclusivity, appreciate difference, and welcome learning from others and consider people equal without prejudice of favour. We build relationships based on mutual respect. We will work to give and receive feedback in a constructive way, which we know will improve creativity and productivity.
  • We will take a proactive approach to improve the working culture of our own organisation (e.g. ensuring equal opportunities in any recruitment and selection process, providing flexible working policies and family-friendly contracts).
  • We will encourage appropriate behaviour within our own organisation and in our network.
  • Where we work with individuals under the age of 18, we will ensure that appropriate safeguarding training and advice is provided to our staff and representatives.
  • We will implement and promote appropriate policies, procedures and complaints processes to protect everyone – including the freelances we engage and students we teach.
  • We will respect each other’s dignity, regardless of the seniority of our role in any setting.

When reports are made


  • We understand that it is difficult for individuals who have suffered bullying, harassment or discrimination to speak out. We will respect confidentiality where possible and aim to make the process of reporting clear, straightforward and accessible.
  • Reports of bullying, harassment or discrimination made to us will be taken seriously, handled sensitively, and within the complainant’s safety and wellbeing as our first priority. This will mean providing adequate protection for complainants and, where bullying or discrimination is found to have occurred, taking appropriate action against the perpetrators. We will do all in our power to ensure that individuals who have made complaints or participate in good faith in any investigation do not suffer any form of reprisal or victimisation as a result.
  • Where individuals belong to a trade union or professional association, we will encourage them to seek its advice and support.
  • We will maintain a list of support services for use by those who have suffered harassment bullying or discrimination.
  • Where issues are raised with us that may be of a criminal nature, we will refer the individual concerned to an appropriate support service.


We will ensure that these principals are embedded at the early stages of careers in the music sector and the performing arts, to ensure that a safer, more inclusive working culture becomes the norm.

Summer Music School

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We would like to announce we will be offering music camps at the School this summer!  Practice your instrument, form a band, write some hit songs, rehearse, record a demo, and perform a gig!

For more information, or to book a place, please call us on 0131 447 1117.


1: Monday the 29th June to Friday the 3rd July 2015

2: Monday the 6th July to the Friday the 10th July 2015

3: Monday the 13th July to Friday the 17th July 2015

4: Monday the 3rd August to Friday the 7th August 2015

Age: 7- 16
Time: 10:00- 15:00
Price: £175, including a packed lunch
Location: Morningside School of Music, 138 Comiston Road, Edinburgh


SummerSchool2013A.compressed-page-002These fun, fantastic courses are suitable for any young adult who has an interest in learning guitar, playing piano, working on drums, having singing tuition, mastering the bass or being a composer. The courses are run by music professionals who have a PVG, NSPCC Child Protection training and British Red Cross First Aid training. The tutors include Professor Paul Boyd, who has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. Paul has also lectured in universities across the country and worked in primary and high school music education for over 17 years.

The Future of Online Music Streaming

The big news in the music industry this week is the announcement of Apple’s new streaming service, Music.  Launching at the end of this month, it will be Apple’s contribution to the already saturated online streaming market, competing with the likes of Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, Songza, and Amazon Prime Music.

There has been a lot of chat this week about what Apple’s new venture will mean for the future of music streaming.  The existing Apple customer base with a registered credit card will be able to join with one click- which will certainly boost the numbers of people streaming music in general.  It may also lower the current costs.  Apple Music will cost £6.50/month, as opposed to Spotify and Tidal, who currently both charge £9.99 for their basic packages (aside from Spotify’s free ad-supported streaming).

While lower costs are certainly always desirable for the consumer, it might not be the best option in regards to music streaming.  There is a growing demand in the industry for a higher profit margin per stream for the artists, but as the costs go down, the royalties are likely to follow.  The most famous example of opposition to the low royalties associated with streaming is when Taylor Swift pulled all of her music from Spotify at the end of last year.  Tidal, Jay Z’s latest business venture, was launched in an attempt to give artists an exclusive platform to launch their music, where they also receive more royalties.  The main criticism with this approach is that many artists today have little control over how their music is released, so Tidal’s premise is a bit of an empty promise.  More than a month after it’s release, it is also not getting much traffic, perfectly illustrated by Spotify’s CEO recently saying, ‘I would say that I have 99 problems but Jay Z is not one of them!’

Only time will tell which of the streaming services will come out on top.  Regardless, with online streaming becoming the norm for how we listen to music, the major concern for the industry now is figuring out how to adequately compensate all of the people behind the music, while still making it cost effective for the consumer.