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Local authority budget cuts to music services could lead to premature closures

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

18 November 2010


The Federation of Music Services (FMS), which represents 98% of all music services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has expressed grave concerns about cuts being announced to services ahead of the completion of the Henley Review of the Funding and Delivery of Music Education.


Currently, 65% of local authorities contribute either in cash, kind (administration, buildings etc) or both to music service funding. On average, local authorities contribute 10.5% of total music service budgets. Remaining funding comes from central government’s Music Grant (formerly the Music Standards Fund), parental fees, school and other contributions.


Important Announcement for all Music Services

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Pre-emptive budget cuts to our music services by local authorities could trigger unnecessary closures


A number of local authorities have indicated imminent and in some cases severe budget reductions. The FMS is very concerned that this pre-emptive programme of cuts could irreparably undermine some services before the whole music education sector has a true measure of its future.


Liverpool’s music support service coordinator is Classic FM’s Music Teacher of the Year

Monday, November 15th, 2010

A teacher who brings music education into classrooms across Liverpool is travelling back from London today after being named as Classic FM’s Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year.

Jean Tremarco, who has taken part in high profile music events across the city including The Wreck of the Titanic at the Liverpool Philharmonic and Supersing at the Echo Arena, is the Coordinator of Classroom Support at the Liverpool Music Support Service, which is based at Notre Dame Catholic College for the Arts in Everton. (more…)

Slough Music Service at the Schools Prom

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Slough Music Service brought 850 young singers, dancers and instrumentalists to the Royal Albert Hall to perform at the Music for Youth’s Schools’ Prom on Monday 8th November. Gillian Dibden MBE directed the massed choir of pupils from 25 schools who performed a specially commissioned piece by Douglas Coombes which celebrates the cultural diversity and integrative ethos which is such a significant part of Slough’s community. The young musicians were utterly thrilled and inspired to perform at the event, and to be a part of the whole celebration – many commented on it being ‘the best day of their lives’.