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The letter has been delivered to the Education Secretary and calls for sustained music education funding

Harriet Clifford

Letter calling for music education funding signed by more than 25 organisations

10:13, 25th September 2020

A joint letter written by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the Music Teachers’ Association (MTA) and Music Mark has called for sustained funding to deliver a world-class music education system. More than 25 organisations have signed the letter, which has been delivered to the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson. 

The letter, which comes as the government’s consultation on the Comprehensive Spending Review ends, focuses on two main areas: music education beyond the curriculum and the work of national youth music organisations, the Music and Dance Scheme and the In Harmony programmes. 

Deborah Annetts, ISM chief executive, said, ‘Without continued and appropriate levels of funding, we risk damaging our children’s music education and putting at risk the jobs of many extraordinarily committed teachers, who have worked so hard to provide access to music during these difficult times. The benefits of music for tackling anxiety, stress and depression are well documented, so now more than ever it is crucial that mental health problems and existing inequalities are not exacerbated through a lack of funding.’

An extract from the letter reads: 

We are therefore calling on you to commit to a grant of £110m in 2021/22 to distribute to Music Education Hubs. We also call on you to pledge to provide a similar increase to all other music education programmes supported by the DfE, such as for the In Harmony programme, National Youth Music Organisations and the Music and Dance Scheme. This will help achieve the government’s policy of levelling up access to music education and place it at the heart of the recovery curriculum.

Organisations from which representatives have signed the letter include: VOCES8 Foundation, Sound Sense, Newcastle University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Association of British Choral Directors, Youth Music, ABRSM, European Guitar Teacher’s Association and Royal Northern College of Music. 

Last month, the ISM, Music Mark and the MTA launched the #CanDoMusic campaign to protect music in schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about this here

The full letter can be found here

www.ism.org 

www.musicmark.org.uk 

www.musicteachers.org 

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