Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove & Portslade, and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music Education, has welcomed news that the Department for Education has increased funding for music education.
The Government has dedicated £75m to support music education hubs in 2015/2016, with this being an increase of £17m from 2014/2015 payments. Such payments are part of the Project Music Education campaign, led by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) that is supported by 134 music education and industry organisations. The campaign has served as a united voice for music education, and continues to support and defend key funding for music education in response to a consultation published by the Department of Education which recommended that local authorities cut their funding for music services.
Commenting, Mike said: “I welcome the Government’s boost in music education funding. Ministers have clearly listened to calls from the Project Music Education campaign. The focus will now be upon urging all parties to commit to music education funding until 2020 and ensuring that the Department for Education remove their guidance to local authorities to cut education services when they respond to the recent consultation.”
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