Music Manifesto celebrates one year anniversary

August 5, 2005 at 9:23 am | Posted in digital downloads, emusu, music | Leave a comment

Schools minister Jacqui Smith and culture minister David Lammy today announced that more than 275 music-related companies, from labels to instrument makers, have signed up to the government-led Music Manifesto during the last year.

The Music Manifesto is designed to give young people more opportunities to develop their creative and musical potential and to stimulate music education in schools.

An event to mark the first anniversary of the initiative will be held this Saturday in conjunction with BBC Proms. Following the event, talented young musicians from around the country will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra at a Proms concert. The BBC was one of the first signatories to the Music Manifesto and the Proms concert is one example of its commitment to music education.

BBC Radio and Music director Jenny Abramsky says, “We welcome the Music Manifesto’s campaign to highlight the importance of music education. The BBC has, for the past two years, been developing an extensive programme of learning and outreach work, involving all its performing groups across the UK, as well as Radio One with One Music, Radio Two with Sold on Song, and Radio Three with Making Tracks. We intend to increase our investment in all these areas in future years.”

Meanwhile, the British Society of Music Therapists, the Association of Professional Music Therapists and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre have signed up to the manifesto this week.

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