Good news for music education confirmed

In July 2014 the Government announced ring-fenced of £75m for music education hubs for 2015/16.

This good news represented an increase of £17m from 2014/15 when hubs received just £58m.

The funding was confirmed today (Monday 26 January 2015) when Arts Council England (which manages the fund on behalf of the Department for Education) wrote to hubs to confirm this ongoing funding.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM and the coordinator of the Protect Music Education campaign, said:

‘This is wonderful news for our excellent music education system. We are delighted that the increase of £17m will be going directly to music education hubs to enable them to continue with their vital work, delivering the National Plan for Music Education. Stable funding is desperately needed for music education and we hope that this announcement is the starting point for continued funding at least this level over the next five years.’

The announcement of this support for music education hubs was part of a double victory for the campaign Protect Music Education, which was led by the Incorporated Society of Musicians in partnership with 134 organisations from all corners of the music education and music industry sectors.

The campaign has been a united voice for music education, defending key funding ever since the Government launched a damaging consultation in March 2014 suggesting local authorities stop funding their music services.


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About the ISM

The ISM is the professional body for those working in the music profession. We promote music and look after the interests of professional musicians.

Our membership of approximately 7,000 covers both individual musicians and corporate bodies. Individual members include leading conductors, featured and non-featured artists, orchestral musicians working in all of the UK’s leading orchestras, composers, animateurs and arrangers.

Our corporate membership of over 160 music organisations includes Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, British Voice Association, Rhinegold Publishing, Avid, Yamaha UK, YCAT, the Composer’s Edition, (MPA), NMC Recordings, Jazz Services Ltd, Association of Independent Music, Classic FM, the Royal Philharmonic Society, Help Musicians UK, Association of British Orchestras (ABO), Music Sales Ltd, the Music Industries Association (MIA), and more.

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