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National Music Plan reveals coalition cuts

Ronnie Dungan
National Music Plan reveals coalition cuts

The National Music Plan for music education was announced today, with central procurement of instruments, which the MIA has been lobbying against, not mentioned but cuts of £17m over the next three years pencilled in.

The 55-page document, outlining the current Government's vision for music education over the next decade can be read here.

The implementation of central instrument procurement in the plans would have cut retailers out of the loop, with LEA's buying directly from suppliers and ending the long-established practice of shops benefiting from the millions of pounds worth of educational sales made every year.

"Lobbying has taken it off the agenda," said MIA CEO Paul McManus.
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In their introduction to the document, education secretary Michael Gove and culture minister Ed Vaizey explained how new music education hubs would be at the forefront of the new plans.

However, the budget for music education will be reduced from £77m in April 2012, down to £60m in 2014

They said: "Central to our proposals is the creation of new music education hubs to take forward the work of local authority music services from September 2012. More children will experience a combination of classroom teaching, instrumental and vocal tuition, opportunities to play in ensembles and the chance to learn from professional musicians. Hubs will provide opportunities that reach beyond school boundaries and draw-in the expertise of a range of education and arts partners.

"The Department for Education (DfE) will continue to fund music education at significant levels during difficult economic times: £77m/£65m/£60m will be available in the three years from April 2012. The vast majority of this will be invested in hubs that will also supplement and draw-in local and national funding for music - from local authorities, cultural organisations, businesses, trusts, foundations and philanthropists.

"Funds for music education hubs will be awarded following an open application process run by Arts Council England, which will focus on outcomes for pupils, partnership working and economies of scale. We are moving toward a per-pupil national funding formula, weighted for free school meals, which will turn around the historical imbalance in funding for music services between areas, with protection to guard against large losses in any one area.

"As part of this DfE investment, National Youth Music Organisations (such as the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Brass Band) will continue to be funded to support pupils from lower income families to join elite ensembles; and further funding will support the expansion of the In Harmony, Sistema England programme, inspired by the success of the Venezuelan El Sistema model.

"We will also continue to invest in the highly successful Music and Dance Scheme so that exceptionally talented young people have opportunities to progress to high levels of musical excellence through specialist music and dance schools, Conservatoires and Centres of Advanced Training.

"From summer 2012, the Teaching Agency will develop a teacher training module to boost new teachers’ skills and confidence in teaching music. The Arts Council will facilitate development of a music educator qualification by 2013, ensuring the wider music workforce is more professionalised."

Tags: MIA , National Music Plan , Central Procurement , Cuts

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