AFC Event Calendar
Last update: 24/10/18
1st AFC Concert
6th Carol Concert rehearsal
13th Carol Concert
18th Lewin House
3rd 1st rehearsal of Spring term
13th AFC Concert
5th 1st rehearsal to Autumn term
12th Thelma’s Memorial Concert
9th Arthritis Care
30th AFC Concert
Making Music Petition
In our recent survey, members identified cost as the biggest barrier to music education for under-18s. So what can we do right now about it?
Members are concerned that young people today do not have the opportunities that have enabled them to spend a lifetime making music, with all the well-researched benefits to their individual wellbeing and that of their communities.
Sign this petition for free instrumental tuition for all children in school, then pass it on to all your members, contacts, friends and family. We need to reach 100,000 signatures by 5 January, to secure a debate in Westminster.
Write to your MP
Use this open letter, or bits of it, to write to your MP.
There are three main points to make.
- Free instrumental tuition for every child in school is not a cost, but an investment in the health and wellbeing of all; it mitigates the effects of poverty, isolation and old age (among other things); it's an investment in social care and health services, and in communities and the future of civil society.
- It should be free and statutory as part of the curriculum, not an optional bolt-on. Parents are not asked to pay for algebra tuition, it’s part of Maths; they don't pay for grammar, it’s part of English. Learning to play an instrument is part of learning Music.
- This is not about nurturing the talent pipeline for the professional music sector (though that will also be a benefit); it is about ensuring the future of music in the community.