The BPI welcomes the announcement that the Government will consult on a new National Plan for Music Education.

Announced yesterday, the plan aims to "help reflect advances in technology in the way music is created, recorded and produced, and to reassess the music education young people benefit from at school".

Responding to the news, Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards said:

“A year ago, BPI published research highlighting a widening gap in access to music for children in state and private schools. BPI therefore welcomes the Government’s commitment to a new National Plan for Music Education and supports the comments of School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, that ‘All children, regardless of their background, should get the opportunity to play musical instruments, learn to sing and learn how to read and write music in the classroom’.

“We believe passionately in the need to level up opportunities for all our young people to make music. Access to music not only helps their social, emotional and academic development, it encourages the creative thinking that is essential to the UK’s economic competitiveness and the future success of our world-beating music industry”.

The plan will be published in autumn 2020 and aims to build on the current plan first published in 2011.