ISM/YouGov poll reveals public backing for music education

Thursday 18 July 2013

The British public back the national funding for music education hubs according to the latest ISM/YouGov polling.

Of those offering an opinion in this latest survey on music education by YouGov, commissioned by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), 87% backed the continuation of music education hub funding at the level it will be in 2015, saying the 2p it will cost each person in England is a reasonable expenditure for each person to pay.

National funding for music education hubs to augment and support learning in schools will cost each person in England just 2p per week.

The ISM is the professional body for musicians in the UK and is one of the organisations backing the Protect Music Education campaign.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM, welcomed the news:

‘We have always said this funding is critical to the sustainability of our world renowned music educators. This funding augments and supports the excellent work carried out across, in and around schools and it is heartening to know that the public are behind the campaign. I would urge people to go out now and sign up to the protect music education campaign to maintain this funding beyond 2015, and let people know just how important you know music is.

‘You only have to look at the UK’s dominance in the global music economy and you only have to have seen the positive impacts – both intrinsic and extrinsic – that music can have on children’s lives to know just how important it is that young people have musical opportunities both in and out of schools.’