SMA INTERNATIONAL GUILD of ADJUDICATORS, FESTIVALS and WORKSHOP PRESENTERS (IGAFWP)
SMA has added a new branch to its supportive role in the arts in schools. This new Guild, is an approved listing of those available to come into schools and festivals to judge inter-house competitions, direct or adjudicate festivals, present master-classes or lead practical workshops. There is also a listing of Festivals providing performance opportunities for school choirs and ensembles.
With music provision very much under review, SMA aims to be a resource for all schools and festivals when they are looking for input from beyond their immediate staff. SMA is confident that all good schools will still regard music and the arts as vital components of a well-rounded education, whatever the National Curriculum Review throws up. With the potential re-organisation of Music Services from now onwards, and the reduction in the number of music specialists emerging from universities, head teachers and subject leaders/coordinators could be left high-and-dry for practitioners and advice. SMA, by the establishment of IGAFWP, aims to plug that gap by providing freely accessible information, to assist in finding the right person for the job. IGAFWP approved members now range in location from Glasgow to the Isle of Wight in Music, Dance and Speech and Drama. The plan is to include the Graphic Arts in due course.
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- Membership of the International Guild of Adjudicators, Festivals and Workshop Presenters is under the jurisdiction of the Schools Music Association of Great Britain (SMA)
- Members of the Guild must abide by the rules of the SMA. This includes policies governing Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults and Risk Assessment
- Those applying for membership will have to fill out a comprehensive application form
- There are a number of ways of becoming a member of the Guild but all members will be interviewed by a panel of experienced adjudicators and workshop presenters and may be asked at the interview stage to demonstrate adjudication and presentation skills by judging and working with performers in front of that panel
- There are four disciplines:- Art – Graphics and Three Dimensional Art; Dance; Music; Speech and Drama
- Every candidate must have at least five years of successful teaching
- Applicants who have had training in adjudication and presenting by other organisations and especially have a proven adjudication and presenting track record will probably just have the interview
- New applicants to adjudication and/or workshop presenting will have the interview and participate in a training scheme devised and judged by experienced adjudicators and presenters. Experience in various aspects of the disciplines such as performing and teaching will also be taken into account which may lead to certain parts of the training scheme being waived. The final decision on this will be taken by the panel
- All members of the Guild must have undertaken a recent Enhanced DBS check for work in a related field. SMA may require a new Enhanced DBS check to be carried out at the applicant’s expense if any existing check is considered insufficiently recent or relevant or if there are any other concerns
- Besides adjudicating, which will involve such events as school competitions (house festivals), competitive and non-competitive festivals, members of the Guild should state whether they are also prepared to give workshops as well as giving master classes. This should be stated clearly on the application form.
- All members of the Guild will pay an annual fee at the rate for individual membership of the SMA which at present stands at £37.50. There will be no additional joining fee.
- Current SMA members will not be required to pay an additional fee for inclusion in the Guild, but must undergo the required steps listed above for Guild membership
- Members of the Guild will have the same privileges as individual members of the SMA
- Guild members will negotiate their own fees with the organisation that has booked them. No part of that fee will be payable to the SMA, the only monies paid to the SMA being the annual subscription
- Guild members will initially have their names in the SMA handbook, but as membership grows, there will be a separate booklet which will give their names, a short biography and details of the areas in which they are prepared to adjudicate, to give workshops/master classes etc. With the aid of this directory, organising committees of various events and festivals will be able to choose members best suited to their requirements. Members will have the right to say which details are to be put in this directory
- Unless opted-out, information about Guild members will be put on the SMA website. That member will be responsible for deciding exactly what should be put on the website subject to a maximum number of words, to be determined
- Queries by Guild members will be dealt with by a team of experienced adjudicators, presenters and administrators well briefed in adjudication matters
- At the annual conference of the SMA there will be sessions for Guild members
- All Guild members will be given guidelines drawn up by experienced fellow members
- A representative of the Guild will have a place on the SMA board, with full voting rights. Nomination and voting procedures will be as stated in the SMA handbook
- SMA is not an employment agency. However literature relating to the Guild will initially go out with the usual SMA postings and will go to Schools, Festivals and Higher Education establishments which already have contacts with SMA.
- An Application form to become a member of the Guild may be obtained from Carole Lindsay-Douglas (SMA Hon. Sec) by e-mailing email@example.com or by sending a stamped-addressed envelope to: Carole Lindsay-Douglas, Hon. Sec. Schools Music Association, 24 Royston Street, Potton, Beds, SG19 2LP. Please state whether you are interested in – i) Music; ii)Art – Graphics and Three Dimensional; iii)Dance; iv) Speech and Drama
- If an applicant is qualified to work in more than one discipline they may do so, at a total subscription of £37.50