Protect Music Education

TAF Music was founded to keep music alive by providing an online advertising platform to keep musical instruments in use and to support musicians and music education.

We passionately believe that music is a critical part of the education system and we wholeheartedly support those who are fighting to maintain or increase the provision of music in UK State schools.

Our own children were given opportunities to start their "musical careers" through subsidized music lessons in a State school. One daughter is currently studying at a Conservatoire preparing for a career as a musician, another played at the Royal Albert Hall in a School's Prom with a fully funded county Concert Band while our youngest daughter has performed (as a bursary recipient) with the National Children's Orchestras and the National Youth Orchestra at venues throughout Britain.

Sadly, as funding for music has dropped over the years, we see fewer young children in the area "coming up through the ranks". This page provides a permanent link to the Protect Music Education website and we will update links to articles from around the web supporting this cause to encourage the defence and promotion of music education within state sector schools

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TAF Music is not responsible for the content of any linked website.

  • Protect Music Education website
    The umberella website spearheading the Protect Music Education campaign

  • Music education: a middle-class preserve?
    Author: Ivan Hewett Publisher: The Telegraph Date: Thursday, 12th June 2014
    It is pupils from the poorest backgrounds that will suffer from proposed Government cuts to music education resources. This can't be right, says Ivan Hewett

  • ISM - We cannot remain silent about the value of music
    Author: Deborah Annetts Publisher: Help Musicians UK Date: Monday, 9th June 2014
    We will all have heard by now that the Department for Education has published a consultation recommending that local authorities stop their funding for local music services and hubs.

  • Music education in England: about to be decimated?
    Author: Tom Service Publisher: The Guardian Date: Thursday, 5th June 2014
    Michael Gove appears to be not only contradicting his own National Plan for Music, but he might be about to destroy music education altogether

  • Julian Lloyd Webber, Nicola Benedetti and Tasmin Little slam 'crazy' cuts to music education funding
    Author: Anna Dubuis Publisher: London Evening Standard Date: Tuesday, 3rd June 2014
    Acclaimed musicians have united to attack planned funding cuts to music teaching, saying it is vital to produce the next generation of performers.

  • 'Crazy funding cuts put music education at risk'
    Author: Judith Burns Publisher: BBC Date: Tuesday, 3rd June 2014
    Successive funding cuts are putting the government's National Plan for Music Education at risk, say musicians, including cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

  • Is UK music education on a sticky wicket?
    Author: Helen Wallace Publisher: Classical-Music.com Date: Thursday, 22nd May 2014
    Look at the decline of cricket in state schools, says Helen Wallace, if you want to see what could happen to music if it's starved of funds and edged off the curriculum

  • Education cuts mean classical music will be the preserve of the wealthy
    Author: Mark Simpson Publisher: The Guardian Date: Saturday, 17th May 2014
    As judges choose a new Young Musician of the Year. Mark Simpson argues that cuts will ensure few children from low-income backgrounds have a chance of winning

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