Plymouth Music Zone has always been a bit modest when it comes to gongs and accolades. Besides anything else, the thought of tuxedos and finery can often induce a slight panic in the PMZ office about what on earth to wear. Having said that, we've been very lucky and touched over the years to have been recognised for the work the charity does in using music in innovative ways to reach some of the most marginalised groups of vulnerable children and adults in the city. We do it for them. 
Plymouth Music Zone becomes the first arts organisation in the UK to be awarded GOLD Investors in People  Accreditation (IIP6) for leadership excellence joining the top 7% of accredited businesses worldwide.
Gold Investors in People Award on drum
Jeany Robinson, Sybil King, Debbie Geraghty receiving AHSW Prize 2015
Media Innovation Award


The PMZ Nick Thomas Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement. 

Plymouth Music Zone also set up its own annual achievement award for young people in 2007 in memory of a young musician called Nick Thomas who died suddenly of a condition known as SADS. The award followed a kind donation from Nick's family. Each year young finalists are chosen from among PMZ participants for their outstanding musical achievement and for how they use their talent to inspire others and help PMZ. 

This year's winner is:

Previous winners include:

This annual award has become a vital way of marking the achievement of young people at PMZ, particularly for those who have used music to help overcome often challenging circumstances. We would like to be able to continue running this award for many years to come. We are currently looking for funding or sponsorship to help make this happen so feel free to get in touch if you would like to be part of it...    

The Lynda MacPherson Inspiration Award

PMZ's new Lynda MacPherson Inspiration Award was created in 2014 as a result of Plymouth Music Zone’s work with Lynda in St Paul’s Court residential home where she did weekly one to one singing sessions to help overcome the impact of her aphasia. The condition left her unable to speak but through singing, Lynda’s husband George MacPherson said Plymouth Music Zone had “helped bring his old Lynda back”. Lynda’s efforts to regain her voice were sadly cut short when she died after a fall.

PMZ was delighted to introduce the new award in Lynda’s memory to recognise another inspirational older person who has also shown outstanding courage in the face of adversity through using music to enhance their own life and the lives of others.

The first ‘Lynda MacPherson Inspiration Award’ was presented by Lynda’s husband George to Pat Tansell who has been blind her all her life.  Piano playing octogenarian Pat has been a regular participant at PMZ’s ‘Keep Singing Keepsakes’ sessions at Pocklington Rise sheltered housing for people with sight loss.  Although she has recently undergone treatment for cancer, as well as major surgery, none of this has diminished her drive and determination to develop musically.  

PMZ Perfect Partner Awards

PMZ's Perfect Partner awards have been created to recognise the importance of partnership work to the charity’s success. 3 winners were chosen to be presented with the 2013 awards, all of whom were inspiring individuals from organisations working with disabled children, children in care and elderly residents reflecting the real breadth and depth of the charity’s work.

The awards reflected the winners’ immense dedication, passion and hard work helping PMZ to deliver high quality creative music making projects that change lives.

Winners of the 2014 PMZ Perfect Partner Awards:

  • Lynda Green, a children and young people’s support worker from Sanctuary Supported Living’s Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services (PDAS) refuge - for her dedication and support for the children and mothers at the refuge and her contribution to the creative music-making sessions run by PMZ
  • Professor Jocey Quinn and Claudia Blandon of Plymouth University for their independent evaluations of PMZ’s work with older people and in Plymouth’s Domestic Abuse Refuge.  The work with older people and the evaluation was nationally recognised by the Royal Society of Public Health 2014 Arts and Health Awards
  • Nicola Brown and Wendy Smith from the Community Engagement Team at Peninsular Dental Social Enterprise CIC for their part in the creation of a film encouraging children to keep their teeth healthy.  PMZ created ‘The Brushing Song’, featured in the film and sung with children from Plymouth primary schools.  

Winners of the 2013 Perfect Partner Awards:

  • Janet Greaves-Stocker, Commissioning Officer at Plymouth City Council;
  • Carolyn Richards, Manager of George Downing House with Affinity Sutton (supported housing for older people)
  • Leonie Prentice, Education, Employment and Training (EET) Key Worker, The Virtual School for Looked After Children.

Below is Mosaic Artist Jane Stevens who creates PMZ's unique awards, every one special in its own way. 

     Mosaic Artist Jane Stevens who creates PMZ's awards via Flameworks