I’m very happy to support the ISM’s excellent campaign to protect music education. Why? Here are the details from their recent mailing:
We still don’t know for certain whether or not funding for music education hubs in England will continue after 2015.
Whilst the schools budget has been protected from cuts, the Education Services Grant is to be cut by £200 million: that’s almost four times what the Government will be spending on music education by 2015!
We have asked the Government to confirm their continued support for music education; whatever the reply, we need as many people as possible ready to fight to protect music education.
Here is what you can do to help today:
1. Tell us why music education matters to you
With more than 30 music organisations now backing the campaign, from the Music Industries Association through to NMC recordings and Conservatoires UK we now want to hear what you have to say!
Each organisation has contributed approximately 100 words on the importance of music education and we want you to do the same – all you need to do is tell us why music education matters to you by using the forum on our petition page.
For some inspiration, our newest supporters, Yorkshire Music Education Service said:
‘The inspirational work done by music educators across the country transforms the lives of young people every day. The effect of music on personal development is phenomenal – it promotes dedication and teamwork, and can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. It is essential that ring-fenced funding to support high quality music education is retained – without it, access will be diminished and our society will be poorer for it.’
We now want to hear why music education matters to you!
2. Tell others about the campaign
As well as telling us about the importance of music education, you can also encourage others to sign up. Ask your pupils, parents, friends, family and colleagues to sign up to the campaign today.
And you can tweet about the campaign and tell people about it on Facebook using the #protectmusic campaign hash tag.
Thank you again for your support. Please spread the word about the campaign as wide as you can. Together we can make an impact on Government policy and ensure that music education is protected for the generations to come.