On Wednesday 16 October the APPG for Music Education held its annual general meeting. Due to another pressing commitment Diana Johnson, the APPG's regular chair, was unavailable so Lyn Brown, Member of Parliament for West Ham kindly deputised.
After the formal election/re-election of the officers, the first speaker, Sir Nicholas Serota, talked about the Durham Commission's report into creativity and education and explained the commissions' findings on how creativity has a extremely important role to play within schools. Bridget Whyte CEO of Music Mark then discussed the future of Music Education Hubs and how they are in need of increased funding and in danger of collapse if they are not provided with more money in the 2020 spending review. Finally, Dr Naomi Bath gave a speech on Brexit and how it may negatively affect music education in the UK. A brief Q&A was taken following the speeches.