UK puts extra £85 million into schools music

UK puts extra £85 million into schools music


norman lebrecht

January 03, 2020

From today’s Telegraph:

…School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: “We want all children to be leaving school able to read and write music, and to have been introduced to a wide range of musical traditions. 

“Today’s funding announcement is designed to help our schools deliver that ambition.”


  • Mike Schachter says:

    Just the sort of far right reactionary policy so many have been warning about.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Boris Johnson really is not a “far right reactionary”. Nor is he wilfully ignorant in the way, for example, Trump is. He is actually pretty educated, and presents himself to the public as educated. You should not mistake his support for Brexit (by all accounts pretty opportunist) as also supporting anti-intellectual populism.

  • C Porumbescu says:

    Those vile Tories! Disgusting hypocrisy – trying to make people think they support music education, by…err…supporting music education.

  • V.Lind says:

    To read and write music? I’d settle for them being able to read and write, full stop.

    Judging by what you read online these days they are not very capable of mastering the simple English sentence, let alone staffs and quavers.

  • GB says:

    Dreaming of the day where the view from the back of a concert hall wont be a sea of grey heads…

  • Jason Lewis says:

    If true, good news!

  • Dave Payn says:

    Reading the article, it’s clear that it’s an England-wide funding only, not UK.

    • Wesley says:

      That will be because the SNP is in charge of schools in Scotland, not the “UK government” (to the great disadvantage of Scottish children).

  • fflambeau says:

    School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: “We want all children to be leaving school able to read and write music, and to have been introduced to a wide range of musical traditions.

    And this can be done with this little extra in funding?

  • Alexander says:

    it’s high time for them to do it

  • John G. Deacon says:

    …. And in spite of Brexit ….! Whatever next ?

  • Stephen Maddock says:

    It’s emphatically not new money – my understanding is that it’s just a re-announcement Of the standard £80m annual settlement for Music Education Hubs (much lower than it was a few years back) plus an extra £5m for schools initiatives in other art forms.

  • Konas Jaufmann says:

    Good. Music will help develop brains in brits. In some years they will finally realise what a huge mistake Brexit was.

    • John G. Deacon says:

      Mistake ? What piffle. Brexit was inevitable and the right course of action as the corrupt and undemocratic EU crumbles around us. The stark evidence for this is clear for all to observe but left-wing luvvies continue to moan….

  • Will Duffay says:

    Too much to hope that the Torygraph would report this honestly, but it is just the announcement of the yearly music hub funding for 20/21, plus a little bit on top. So good news only because music hubs are an easy target for cuts, but otherwise not news at all.

    And as there are 10m pupils in UK schools, that’s £8.50 each. You won’t buy many bassoons with that. So once again the Tories get undeserved free positive news from a complacent press.

  • Dan says:

    And how much has been cut from the budget in the past decade? Far more.