Clear and Present Danger to the Artistic Life of the Country


Music education in our state schools – along with many other arts and creative subjects – is in a state of crisis. Exam entries are falling, along with the number of teachers, in a way which threatens the long term sustainability of the UK’s creative economy. While we boast some of the most extraordinary artistic facilities in the world – and a unique musical and cultural heritage – the arts are not valued in schools in the way they should be. With the impact of Brexit on top, music and the others arts subjects face an existential threat. What can be done before it is too late both to ensure all children get a proper education in the arts and to stop the UK’s creative economy fatally undermined?