Policy & research

Children from low-income families priced out of learning musical instruments – report

New data released on 6 November 2018 reveals low-income British families are at risk of under-representation in the music industry as access to music lessons is dying… Read more

Measuring Music report published by UK Music

UK Music had published its annual Measuring Music report, highlighting the scale of the UK music industry’s contribution to the UK economy.

Review of conservatoire provision in Wales welcomed by RWCMD

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has welcomed the publication of Lord Murphy’s independent review of conservatoire provision in Wales.

UK Music calls for ‘urgent’ budget review of music in education in the UK

UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, has called on the Chancellor to use his forthcoming Budget, to be published on 29 October 2018, to order an ‘urgent review’… Read more

PIPA performing arts survey reveals ‘career penalties’ for parents and carers

Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PIPA) shared the findings of its UK-wide survey into work-life balance and the performing arts at a parliamentary event on 18 October 2018.

‘Make Some Noise’ to map music-making experiences of disabled people

Creative United, in partnership with OHMI, Drake Music, OpenUp Music and Youth Music, has launched Make Some Noise, a major research project aiming to capture a detailed picture of the experiences of disabled… Read more

Key issues affecting music education highlighted by MU

Senior MU officials have spoken of key issues affecting music education across the UK both in Westminster and at the Trades Union Congress Conference.

Arts Council England Chief Executive champions Early Years music

ACE CEO, Darren Henley, made the case for expanding the NPME to include 0-5-year-olds at Tri-Borough Music Hub’s Early Years Conference on 6 September 2018. 

Musicians’ Union and ISM launch music sector Code of Practice

The Musicians’ Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians have launched a Code of Practice to help eradicate bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector.

Society for Music Education in Ireland 2018 Conference call for papers

The Society for Music Education in Ireland has issued a call for papers for its 8th Annual Conference. The event will be hosted by the Royal Irish… Read more

#ComposeWithDorico campaigns to ‘bring music back into education’

Steinberg is launching a campaign to save music education in schools, #ComposeWithDorico, with a free giveaway of music-making software, Dorico Elements.

New Culture Secretary, former Remainer who ‘used to play the trumpet’

Jeremy Wright MP has replaced Matt Hancock as Culture Secretary in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s emergency shake-up of her cabinet on 9 July 2018.

Musicians’ Union launches new research on music education in the UK

Building on the findings of its 2017 Education Report, the Musicians’ Union (MU) has commissioned a major piece of research on music education in the UK.

The UK Government is in denial about the plight of music in schools

Pressure is mounting on the Government to stop the erosion of school music departments and put the subject back where it belongs, at the heart of the… Read more

BerkleeICE and Women in Music Partner on new gender status study

The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) and New York-based Women in Music (WIM), the longest running and largest nonprofit organisation for women in the music industry, have partnered to conduct the… Read more

National body needed to rescue music in education in Wales from crisis – report

A new national body should be created with responsibility for delivering music services across Wales, according to a report by a Welsh National Assembly committee, published on… Read more

MERYC-England issues Call for Papers for 2018 conference

Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC) – England has issued a Call for Papers for its 2018 conference, Music in Early Childhood: New Directions and Valued Traditions.

£96m funding for arts education for ‘talented’ pupils

The School Standards Minister for England, Nick Gibb, has announced £96 million ‘to support talented music, drama and dance pupils kick-start their career in the arts’. Music, art… Read more

Arts Council ‘too posh for pop’ – UK Music CEO

Arts Council England‘s funding policy has been branded ‘deeply flawed and unfair’ as new figures reveal huge inequalities in the way the organisation allocates taxpayers’ money. According… Read more

Fabian Society launches ‘Children’s Access to the Arts’ project

In partnership with the Musicians’ Union (MU) and Children and the Arts, the Fabian Society has launched a new project aiming to provide definitive evidence of the impact that school cuts have had on Primary-age children’s access to the arts.