Are we narrowing our cultural education?

14th March 2015

According to new report ‘Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth’ by the Warwick Commission our UK cultural and creative industries’ estimated value is £76.9billion per year. Yet the two most highly culturally engaged groups only account for 15% of the general population and tend to be of higher socio-economic status. The report also outlines the drop in participation of children in music activities from 55.3% in 2008 to 37.2% in 2013, despite 84% of young people under the age of 25 stating that ‘music is an important part of their lives’. Low engagement is likely due to ‘a mismatch between the public’s taste and the publicly funded cultural offer, combined with the narrowing of cultural education in schools’.

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