The BPI has welcomed an £80 million funding boost for music in schools.
The money will go to music education hubs, alongside additional money for charities that help young people learn about different styles of music.
Geoff Taylor, CEO BPI and BRIT Awards, said: “It’s encouraging to see the Government’s manifesto commitment acted on swiftly, and new funding for hubs and charities that will help more young people develop their creative and social skills through music.
“The BPI has highlighted the gulf in music participation between state and private schools, and we will continue to press for further investment to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to develop their musical potential. This is good news with which to start the New Year.”
Music education hubs are organisations that give pupils access to instruments and support whole classes to play together
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb announced the multi-million pound package alongside a manifesto commitment to offer an ‘arts premium’ to secondary schools, which would enable young people to learn creative schools.
Gibb said: “Music, arts and culture play an essential role in enriching pupils’ education, and we want to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to learn an instrument or perform in a choir or a band. Our continued investment will play an important role in helping young people widen their horizons and access all the opportunities that learning a musical instrument can provide - whether that be playing for pleasure or performing.”