Music Education funding crisis


You may have heard that the UK’s network of 121 music education hubs no longer have confirmed funding, putting 12,000 peripatetic music teachers in the UK at risk of loosing their jobs. Music Education has also been in the media this week, with the mother of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, telling BBC News that the lack of state school funding for creative arts is creating a “two-tier culture”. Here, you can read more on both of these important issues…

Risk to peripatetic teachers as music education hub funding not confirmed

The MIA totally supports the case for the government to quickly confirm renewed funding support for the Music Hubs. We are now only 6 months from the current funding closing and our music organisations are naturally needing to plan ahead in order to safeguard jobs and music provision. Our partners at the ISM and Music Mark are joining forces and calling for continued funding to ensure music education hubs and the peripatetic workforce is not put at risk.

The ISM and the UK Association of Music Education – Music Mark (the two subject associations for music) have called for the government to confirm continued funding of at least £100m per annum for music education hubs for the next five years. Alongside this announcement, a letter signed by over 170 music education hubs, high profile artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Alison Balsom OBE, Tasmin Little OBE, Dr Jeremy Huw Williams (ISM President 2019-20), and music organisations has been published in The Times.

Read the ISM’s report here

Read the letter to The Times and see the signatories here 

Music funding: ‘There will not be another Sheku Kanneh-Mason’

The lack of state school funding for creative arts is creating a “two-tier culture”, the mother of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has said.

The winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year was educated at a state school in Nottingham, but his mother has expressed concerns for the future over funding.

The government has said funding is in place and it wants the situation to improve in every area of the curriculum.

At the link to the BBC website below, you can watch a video which serves as a stark warning and includes a comment from Nick Gibb MP, Schools Minister: