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Important Announcement for all Music Services

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.


The Henley Review is likely to report in January 2011 on the structure and funding for music. The Government has stated publicly that there will be a period of transition during 2011 – 2012. The FMS believes that until the report is published music services should prepare for change but remain flexible in their thinking on structures and funding models.


The FMS is setting up an action hotline for individual services that are facing premature budget cuts and will be issuing advice on how to best marshal local support. We are actively co-ordinating this work with the ISM.


More details of these support mechanisms will be available in the next few days. Please check the website for updates.



Virginia Haworth-Galt

Chief Executive

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