Current signatories: 2003


Read what some of our supporters think of the Music Manifesto's achievements so far


  • Music Manifesto sets the agenda and gets real buy-in from government and music education sector
  • MM's significant contribution recognised in DCSF's announcement of £332m funding guaranteed for 2008-2011, including:
  • £10m musical instrument fund for 2007 and each of the next three years
  • £10m announced in January 2007 for the Music Manifesto National Singing Programme, continued for the next three years
  • £82m in each of the next three years for Local Authority provision for music education
  • £2m in each of the next three years for professional development and pilots based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model
  • Howard Goodall's appointment as National Singing Ambassador, an independent advisor overseeing policy
  • Formation of the Music Manifesto Partnership and Advocacy Group (MMPAG) and appointment of Classic FM's Darren Henley as Chair
  • Hundreds of new signatories including high-profile musicians Andrew and Julian Lloyd Webber
  • Landmark State of Play conference in January acclaimed as 'the best ever music education event'
  • Music Manifesto named most successful arts campaign of recent years by Sir Ken Robinson, a world authority on creativity and innovation



  • MM celebrates its 1000th signatory
  • Publication of Music Manifesto Report No.2, Making Every Child's Music Matter, which received widespread media coverage and praise for its practical vision
  • £30m additional funding for KS2, 2006-2008, including:
  • £26m extra Standards Fund grant
  • £2m for musical instrument purchase and repair fund
  • £2m for the Open University/Trinity College London CPD programme



  • Publication of Music Manifesto Report No.1, an audit of current provision, galvanising the sector to discuss the issues of most concern
  • Marc Jaffrey launches  Manifesto Commissions on Singing, chaired by Howard Goodall, Workforce Development chaired by Leonora Davies, and Co-ordination, chaired by Kathryn Deane and Colin Brackley Jones
  • Pathfinder programme launched with a £2m investment

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    • Devon Schools Music Festival
    • Teaching Music Effectively (TME)
    • Grand Union Orchestra
    • Yamaha Education Friends