To: Department for Education

Save music education funding

Maintain or increase current levels of funding for music education in schools and youth orchestras.

Why is this important?

The government is now consulting on reducing funding by 30% - consultation closes on 19 June 2014.

The UK has produced some of the world's finest musicians and composers which are supported by millions of people in this country. All our children deserve the opportunity to learn an instrument and/or sing in a choir. Music education can improve numeracy, literacy and social interaction (as demonstrated brilliantly by the El Sistema programme in Venezuela).


Reasons for signing

  • It is crucial that the Music Service gets to visit schools where so many children get the encouragement as well as maybe their first exposure to music making.
  • Why should public schools be the only ones with acess to music?
  • As a very quiet and shy person, my confidence increased significantly by taking part in extracurricular music lessons and groups throughout my childhood. The many years I spent playing together with other musicians taught me a number of important life skills, which I value greatly.


2014-06-19 17:13:02 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-06-11 09:50:59 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-06-09 20:15:02 +0100

10 signatures reached