Calling all young musicians, music educators, music professionals, parents, and anyone with a love of music: We need your help.
At the start of the year, our Rise Up! concert tour encouraged you to join a musical movement and raise your voices for a cause you believe in. And now we are mobilising the troops.
The Government is asking for responses to its consultation on music education in the UK so they can revamp the National Plan for Music Education - and we want as many of our network as possible to share their views and advocate for the importance of music in schools, and in the lives of young people in the UK.
There are separate sections whether you're a young musician, a music teacher, a parent, or a music industry professional, so we won't tell you how to respond, but we would like to share the following so we can share a united response and collectively shape the future of music education:
• We want to advocate for a music education system with inclusion at its core, regardless of financial or geographical background, with multiple access points and pathways.
• We want to see a clear strategic framework for relationships between schools and music education hubs, with clear governance and accountability, and strong and supportive messaging from governing bodies including Arts Council England, the DfE, and DCMS.
• We want to see an increase in specialist teachers in schools, and workforce development, with CPD available for teachers, so everyone can experience quality music teaching, and music making of all genres.
• We want to see the value of music (and all creative subjects) promoted in the UK curriculum, in the context of the huge value the creative industries bring to the UK economy.
• We want to see all of this happen with the people who matter most - young people - at the centre of policy making. We know music has a huge, long term impact on the wellbeing, confidence, and educational outcomes of those taking part, as well as making a huge impact on our culture and economy.
To fill in the consultation, as an individual or an organisation, visit: https://consult.education.gov.uk/curriculum-implementation-unit/music-education-call-for-evidence/
It should only take up around 10 minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for sharing your views; it's essential the Government hear from the widest rage possible so we can safeguard music education for years to come.
Please share the consultation with your networks, and if you have any questions on how to respond, please email Mel on firstname.lastname@example.org who would be happy to help you formulate your answers. The deadline is this Friday, 13 March, at 11.59pm.