NEW COMMISSION TO SUPPORT MUSIC LEARNING LAUNCHES JULY 7

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A new expert Commission, set up to explore how we can continue our music learning from early childhood throughout our lives, is launching on Friday 7 July.

Chaired by managing director of the Barbican Centre, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, The Music Commission is a year-long enquiry designed to find out what stops us from continuing to learn and play a musical instrument given all available evidence shows that learning music is good for individuals, society and the economy.

For many people, one of their greatest regrets is not taking forward a childhood interest in music. Research shows, by the time young people reach 16, nearly 40% of them will have stopped learning to play a musical instrument1.

Set up by ABRSM, the UK charity delivering graded music assessments around the world with support from Arts Council England, the Music Commission aims to find better ways to support the different routes people take on their journey through music learning.

A full news release with details of Commission panel members and new research will be issued just ahead of launch.

For further information and to arrange interviews with Sir Nicholas Kenyon please contact: Daniel Harris or Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505. daniel@dhacommunications

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