FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8 February 2011
Henley Review of the Funding and Delivery of Music Education and Government response
We welcome the Henley Review and would like to acknowledge the care and attention of Darren Henley when undertaking the review and considering such an important issue as the future of our children’s music education.
As the government acknowledges in its response to the Review, 'it is vital that a quality music education is available to all children and young people across the country'.
Michael Gove is a passionate advocate of music education and has demonstrated this commitment saying ‘…it is simply unfair that the joy of musical discovery should be the preserve of those whose parents can afford it.’
We are delighted that the government has pledged to tackle the musical divide and that the Department for Education’s funding for music education for 2011 – 2012 will be £82.5m. The funding will be distributed to local authorities to spend specifically on music services. The funding of music education beyond 2012 will also need to be tackled to address any inequalities in provision.
Both the Review and the government’s response explore a range of other ideas and proposals which MEC will be considering in more detail. We, like the government, are committed to ensuring that opportunity, progression and achievement remain at the core of an excellent music education.
MUSIC EDUCATION COUNCIL
Federation of Music Services
Incorporated Society of Musicians
Music and Dance Schools
National Association of Music Educators
Schools Music Association