The ISM calls on the Government to conduct urgent research on managing COVID-19 risk in music teaching

The ISM calls on the Government to conduct urgent research on managing COVID-19 risk in music teaching

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) Chief Executive Deborah Annetts has written to the Department for Education, calling on the Government to commission urgent research into the management of risk relating to the transmission of COVID-19 in music teaching environments, in order to get music teachers back to work in the safest possible way.

In the letter, Deborah Annetts explains that there “are many gaps in the research, and contradictory conclusions drawn from the available evidence”, and that in the absence of the Government taking a lead, many music organisations and teachers have been left to “make sense of it the best they can”.

The letter follows on from reports that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will soon publish new social distancing rules for live performers. It is unclear what scientific evidence these rules will be based upon, and it is unclear whether the Department for Education will apply similar rules in music teaching environments.

Deborah Annetts, ISM Chief Executive said:

'We have written to the Government as a matter of urgency.

'There is serious confusion and uncertainty among thousands of music teachers about when it’s safe to go back to school to teach again, and what measures they can put in place to manage risk in their workplaces.

'The Government must quickly commission the research needed to produce robust, evidence-backed guidance, so we can get music education in this country back on its feet and our fantastic music teacher back into work, in the safest possible way'.

About the ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally-recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession.

We support approximately 10,000 musicians across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. Our members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds.

We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.

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