- Business / Project: Mosaic Music
- Category: Music
- College: Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Mosaic Music Education (MME) provides online resources for use in whole class instrumental teaching. Our subscription-based website provides teaching resources from repertoire, to warm ups and games; whole class instrumental teaching curriculums and guidance and training for teachers. Lessons and resources can be shared with students, who can then access them at home to practice.
What advice would you offer to potential applicants?
"Dream big & do lots of research!" - Catherine Evison
Catherine Evison Case Study
What was your winning business/project idea?
Mosaic Music Education Ltd. (formerly Mosaic Music Publishing) Mosaic Music Education (MME) provides online resources for use in whole class instrumental teaching. Our subscription-based website provides teaching resources from repertoire, to warm ups and games; whole class instrumental teaching curriculums and guidance and training for teachers. Lessons and resources can be shared with students, who can then access them at home to practice.
What did winning the Award mean to you and how did it help launch your career?
Winning a DBACE gave me the financial backing to create something which I wouldn't otherwise have been able to do. With the help and support of my mentor, my business idea developed significantly in scope from a small publishing business to something which in the long-term has the potential to become a national or even international company. As with every new business there have been many significant bumps along the way, and the support of my mentor in navigating them has been invaluable. Deutsche Bank has given me a huge opportunity to create something life changing, and I am incredibly grateful for that.
What skills did you develop as a result of DBACE?
- Creativity / innovation
- Developing business plans / funding applications
- Articulating your ideas / creative vision
- Self management
- Problem solving
- Self confidence
- Initiative / risk taking
- Using IT / software
- Cashflow / budgets
What have been your greatest achievements since winning the Award?
My greatest achievements have been the building of our website. As someone who is not tech savvy who wanted to create something highly unusual, this was a real challenge. It's still not 100% complete, but I am incredibly proud of it, particularly knowing the challenges I have faced throughout the build. Also, signing up a number of music services to our pilot scheme beginning in September 2015. I'm really looking forward to working with our first music services testing the website and feeding back to us so that we can continue to develop it further. Their initial feedback and enthusiasm for the product has been really encouraging.
Have your objectives and long-term goals changed since winning the Award? If so, how?
My initial idea changed very significantly from a small home-run publishing company dealing mainly in sheet music and downloadable backing tracks, to an interactive online resource accessible by subscription. As a result the set-up has been much more complicated, but the scope has increased dramatically. I feel that as a result of this change we have the capacity to make a much bigger impact on the market place, as well as to achieve our objective of improving standards in instrumental teaching.