UK Music Chief Supports Campaign To Boost Music Education

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin supports "Strike A Chord" Campaign To Boost Music In Schools

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28.04.2022: UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has thrown the organisation’s support behind the Daily Express’  “Strike A Chord” Campaign To Boost Music In Schools.

The newspaper’s campaign calls on the Government to recognise the importance of music education and do more to boost children’s participation in music.

The campaign comes ahead of the Government’s launch of its long-awaited National Plan for Music Education later this year.  Jamie sits on the panel advising ministers about the blueprint.

Talking about the campaign, Jamie said:

“It’s vital that music is at the heart of education. Music not only enriches children’s lives, it makes a massive social and economic contribution.

“Every child deserves access to a great musical education – and it’s wrong that the joys and benefits of music education are increasingly becoming a preserve of the well-off.

“So, it’s mission-critical that Government uses its upcoming National Plan for Music Education to champion the importance of music education and ensure that every child in the country has access to a high-quality music education, regardless of their background.

“We know that the mental health of children really suffered during the pandemic due to prolonged periods of isolation. Harnessing the power of music to bring them together – whether that’s by communal singing, playing in a band or orchestra –  is incredibly good for their mental health and wellbeing, as well as their wider education.

“Before the pandemic, the UK music industry contributed £5.8 billion a year to our economy and supported almost 200,000 jobs.

“Our industry relies on a strong talent pipeline that develops the stars of the future. Unless we secure the future of music education, there is a real risk that we will be deprived of world-leading musical talents like Adele, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran in the years ahead.

“The Daily Express is to be congratulated for this campaign, which could help transform music education and improve the lives of countless young people.”

You can read the full story about the Daily Express campaign to boost music education in schools here.

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