Saved! Council abandons plans to axe music tuition… but is it just for now?

Council leaders in East Sussex have ‘listened to reason’ according to Eastbourne’s Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd. Speaking the wake of the announcement that East Sussex County Council will not close the East Sussex Music Service that provides instrumental tuition to youngsters across the county Mr Lloyd said: “For many months now I and others […]

‘Urgent’ meeting over £1.3m of Arts Council funding

An ‘urgent’ meeting requested by The Arts Council (ACE) in May will take place on August 13th according to East Sussex County Council (ESCC). In May The Arts Council’s area director Hedley Swain asked for a meeting with the council so it could provide ‘urgent confirmation’ that ESCC would be able to hold up its […]

‘Shame on them’ MP lashes out over planned cuts to music eductaion

If cost saving plans to scrap instrumental tuition in East Sussex schools goes ahead the county council could find itself in breach of the terms of a funding agreement it signed with the Arts Council just three months ago and could lose almost £1.3m in funding. Writing to Councillor Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex […]

What happens when the money runs out?

The ‘blunt truth’ according to one East Sussex County Councillor (ESCC) is that the authority simply doesn’t have enough money to do the things it used to do. Speaking at a meeting of the full council yesterday Councillor John Barnes warned his colleagues that the level of cost savings they have been forced to make […]

It’s not over yet! Fight to save music tuition goes on

Councillors voted this morning to keep their options open about the future of music tuition in the schools of East Sussex but the threat of complete closure of the East Sussex Music Service has not been completely removed. East Sussex County Council was forced to debate the matter in public after more than 12,000 people […]

Music campaigners have their moment in the spotlight in front of full council

Campaigners hoping to change East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) mind over plans to end music tuition in schools will be given a hearing at next week’s full council meeting. If a petition attracts more than 5,000 signatures then ESCC is obliged to debate it and so far the petition against cuts to the music service […]

More big names join the push to save music in East Sussex schools

Music is central to our cultural life and a driver of economic growth. That’s the simple message the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is sending to East Sussex County Council as it wades in to the campaign to stop the closure of East Sussex Music Service which provides music lessons in schools across the county. […]

Big guns back bid to save music in East Sussex schools

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, possibly the biggest name on the UK music scene, has thrown his support behind campaigners trying to stop the abolition of instrumental music tuition in local schools. Lord Lloyd Webber has added his signature to the petition to save East Sussex Music instrumental tuition from being withdrawn from September 2019. In […]

Consultation process launched – the future of music in schools is at stake

It might seem that it started weeks ago but the official consultation process in to the future of the East Sussex Music Service has only been officially announced this week. A statement from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) says: “A public consultation on proposals to reduce the role of the county’s music service has been […]