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Response to government funding cut proposals

19/06/2014

NAMHE has joined the campaign to Protect Music Education. Chair Rachel Cowgill sent the following response to the Government's consultation on music education on 19 June 2014:

To whom it may concern

The National Association for Music in Higher Education wishes to register its concern for the future of music education in Britain in response to the Government's proposed cuts to funding. In recent years we have noticed a change in demographic among our university and conservatoire music students that suggests students from disadvantaged backgrounds are finding fewer opportunities to gain access to music education via schools and local authorities than similar students in previous generations. British music education for children in the postwar period was highly progressive and the envy of many countries – while we celebrate the achievements of the Sistema movement, we forget that the UK once had the same degree of commitment to the musical and creative training of its young people. Many of those now teaching in universities and conservatories, including myself, would not have been able to develop as musicians without this government support in place, and we are concerned to see that the chance to develop for today's children and the UK's investment in its musical culture is set to continue to decline if these proposals go forward.

We urge the government to think again and, along with colleagues in other music-education associations and organisations, we would be happy to advise on revised proposals.

Best wishes
Rachel Cowgill

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