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The APPG meets to discuss the music industry’s Talent Pipeline

The discussion focused on music in education and what could be done to improve participation in music in schools, using information gathered from UK Music's Securing the Talent Pipeline report that was published last year

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in the House of Commons met on February 26, 2019, to discuss the music industry’s Talent Pipeline.

The APPG is a cross-party group of Parliamentarians with an interest in the music business, and the APPG on Music is chaired by David Warburton MP with 96 representatives. It exists to form a bridge between the music industry and Parliamentarians, providing a platform to discuss issues. 

Music education consultant, Abigail D’Amore, presented at the meeting on the challenges and opportunities for music in education. UK Music deputy CEO Tom Kiehl then went on to highlight UK Music’s work in this area, outlining the key findings from the Securing Our Talent Pipeline report published last year.

Members of both APPG and UK Music raised further issues affecting music in education, and discussed what could be done to improve participation in music in schools.

UK Music has brought attention to the fact that although the UK music industry remains strong, the Talent Pipeline faces a looming crisis.

Obstacles to the Pipeline include, as discussed by the APPG, a lack of music in education. It was discovered in its Securing the Talent Pipeline survey that 17 per cent of UK music creators went to fee-paying schools, which is significant as 50 per cent of fee-paying schools provide the funding for music tuition, compared to only seven per cent at state schools.

In fact, UK Music recently launched a Talent Pipeline and MAP Tour around UK universities to spread awareness about working in the music industry and engage potential musicians currently in education. 

Another significant barrier is the crisis of grassroots venues closure –which UK Music and MVT have been tackling significantly – largely down to the huge rise in business rates. 35 per cent of music venues have closed in the past decade, significantly reducing the chances for up and coming musicians to perform and develop in front of audiences, and grow fan bases.

In terms of funding, the survey discovered that 46 per cent of music creators had received financial help from family and friends at some point in the development of their professional career. It has proved difficult for musicians to make money from their craft, with those using Google’s Youtube to launch their music receiving as little as £0.00054 per stream from the service.

Parliamentarians who attended the meeting included APPG Chair David Warburton MP, Andrea Jenkyns MP, Lord Dave Watts, Ian Lucas MP, Louise Haigh MP, Ian Paisley MP, Mark Tami MP, Chris Matheson MP and Toby Perkins MP. UK Music members represented included the MU, PRS for Music, BASCA, FAC, MMF, MPG, BPI and PPL.