Thousands of school children in areas of high deprivation will soon have access to new instruments thanks to the biggest ever music education grant from charity Restore the Music.
More than 16,000 pupils in 29 state schools in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle will benefit from the £420,000 funding boost.
As reported in The Big Issue’s recent Future of Education special edition, music department budgets are under threat in schools across the UK. Money and time allocated for classroom and out-of-school-hours music education has reduced in the last decade, with some schools reducing or even removing classroom hours allocated to music.
This is a mistake, says Restore the Music’s CEO Polly Moore.
“Music unlocks potential which makes it a powerful tool for change. Yet young people – particularly those facing the biggest barriers – are being denied this,” she said.
“We invest in all young people, reaching them through our grants to school music departments. Music is not just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.”