The Musicians' Union has issued a resource pack for the newly appointed Music Education Hubs across the country.
Following recommendations in Darren Henley's review of music education – The Importance of Music – Arts Council England awarded funding to 122 hubs nationwide. The new pack, which covers issues such as child protection and employment, is intended for Hub directors, but it is also being sent out to arts organisations, instrumental teachers and politicians who have helped orchestrate the change.
“Of the MU’s 30,000 plus members approximately two thirds work in music education as part of their portfolio careers with many of those working for music services," said Diane Widdison, teaching organiser for The Musicians' Union. "We are aiming to work closely with the Hubs to ensure that music instrumental teachers and music education in general does not suffer during this transition period.
“This is particularly important given that many local authorities are reducing their contributions to the new Hubs and this, combined with a significant reduction in central government funding is inevitably leading to cuts in specialist music education alongside a diminution of the employment rights of instrumental teachers.
"The MU will be fighting against any erosion of terms and conditions for dedicated music teachers whose commitment continues to ensure that our young people’s music education continues to be the envy of the world.”