Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education, has hailed the Government’s investment in music following an independent review of music education.
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, along with Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries, commissioned the Managing Director of Classic FM, Darren Henley, to produce an independent review of music education to look at how provision can be made more effective. As a result of the review, the Government is committing £82.5m for music services across England this year.
Commenting, Mike said: “Music plays a very important role in a child’s development, so it is only right that along with other education reforms, music is included. I am pleased that as part of a national plan for music education, the Arts Council is managing a new programme of specialist music hubs, which is to be announced imminently. This will go a long way to opening up musical opportunities for children across the country.”