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The myth goes that the true artist is born, mysteriously fully formed in their own exceptional talent. A second myth holds that creativity thrives in adversity; a third that creative sorts are somehow morally wayward, something to be tolerated as long as the results are diverting, but not a model for citizenship. These three combine gloriously in the icon of a lascivious and poverty-stricken Mozart, writing sonatas while still in the womb.
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As we start the New Year, more troubling news has come to light with a West Yorkshire school charging parents £5 a week for their children to take GCSE music as an ‘extra-curricular activity.’
Music magazine Gigwise broke the story over the New Year, linking to the Bacc for the Future website and the story was covered by BBC Online, the Daily Mail, Times, The Stage (three times), Classic FM, Rhinegold and the Telegraph and Argus (Bradford).
Andrew Lloyd Webber has now come forward to publicly criticise the school saying ‘I am a passionate believer in the importance of the arts in schools, particularly music, which transcends all languages, shades of politics, race and creeds.’
And Lyn Gardner has warned that ‘children will be denied access to any form of arts education at school as theatre and music options are excised from the curriculum’ in her blog ‘Don’t price kids out of the arts’.
Take action now to save the arts in schools!
Bacc for the Future is supported by 30,000 individuals and counting, but we need your help to reach our New Year target of 50,000.
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TWEET #BACCFORTHEFUTUREWith more and more evidence demonstrating the harmful impact the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is having on the uptake of creative subjects in secondary schools, we need to pull together to make 2018 the year we scrap or reform the damaging EBacc.
We hope you had an enjoyable start to the New Year and look forward to continuing our collective campaign to save creative subjects in schools.
Bacc for the Future is funded and co-ordianted by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). If you would like to support the campaign with a donation to help us spread the word more effectively, you can now do so on the Bacc for the Future website using PayPal.