BPI CEO Geoff Taylor told the BPI's 43rd AGM that protection of music education and in particular music schools such as the BRIT School are crucial to ensure the growth of the music industry.
A major theme of the AGM was celebrating 25 years of the BRIT School, which was established in 1991 with the support of the BPI and its charitable arm the BRIT Trust, and has since received around £17 million in funding from the recorded music sector.
Taylor emphasised in his address the importance of creative education for young people and the need for strong Government support for the BRIT School.
Amongst the points addressed by Taylor were the protection of funding for schools such as the BRIT School, which faces a significant funding cut, putting at risk the quality of the free creative education it provides to young people.
Also speaking at the AGM, the new Minister of State for Digital and Culture, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP said: “I am a massive supporter of the BRIT School, which, in my view, needs to go from strength to strength, and I will absolutely work with you to see that happen.
“We talk about the BRIT School – I love the work that they’ve done, and I’ll be taking up the challenge that was laid down (in the video) to make sure it’s a great success. But, actually, we want to see more schools like that, rather than the BRIT School being the only example of it.”