ISM calls for continued government commitment to funding music education
11 June 2013
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is calling for the government to protect music education hubs and commit itself to continuing dedicated funding to sustain the National Plan for Music Education in England in 2015/16. All public funding is being reviewed as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review and there is concern over the continuation of music education hub funding beyond 2015.
Supported by cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber and violinist Tasmin Little, the ISM has issued a statement pointing out that the national music plan promised £75m/£63m/£58m for the three financial years 2012-15, to support a network of 123 music education hubs across England. These hubs, says the ISM, deliver music education in many different forms to millions of children, ensuring high standards and accessibility. Currently there is no government commitment to funding the hubs beyond 2015. The ISM is calling on the government to make this commitment now so that the hubs can plan for the future and continue their work.
'Funding for music education hubs has already been reduced by 23% over three years,' said Deborah Annetts, chief executive of ISM, 'so any further cuts would seriously put at risk the government's commitment to a high-quality music education and undermine an already stretched music education offer in our schools.
'Music is vital to a high-quality and rigorous education. In these times of austerity, music education becomes even more critical, creating fully-rounded members of society and contributing significantly to the wealth of our nation. It is essential therefore that the government continues to back our world-class music educators and commit to ongoing funding which will make the promises of the national music plan a reality.'
Music educators, parents and students are asked to sign up and support the campaign. Further details can be found on the campaign page.