Brighton and Hove City Council cuts support for music lessons

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Musicians in Brighton are set to feel the pain of further cuts.

Those looking to take up music lessons with Brighton Music Trust are facing a 4.5% rise in tuition fees.

And those on income support or other subsisidies could also be hit.

Some 2,500 children enjoy the music service each week including 500 families from low income backgrounds.

But the Music Service has to find savings of £53,000 in its budget following council cuts.

It is also set to lose out on £69,000 funding from the Arts Council, meaning £122,000 in total will need to be countered for.

The council admitted this could lead to even higher rises.

A report to the Children and Young People committee said: “The increase in fees may have an impact on numbers learning and access to learning for pupils with parents/carers on low income and other CYP in challenging circumstances.

Increased fees

“[The Arts Council cuts] will require the trust to decide whether to further increase fees or reduce areas of expenditure.”

Group lessons currently cost £81 a term, with subsidies of up to 80% for those on income support, while advanced scheme instrumental lessons cost £158.50 a term.

Councillor Vanessa Brown, who sits on the committee, expressed her fears about the hikes.

She said: “I have concerns about the rise in music and arts fees.

“We have a wonderful service in this city but it will stop if we keep cutting money.

“It seems like a huge amount.

'Wonderful music'

“This is an excellent service and we should be encouraging it.

“Brighton and Hove has always been proud of its wonderful music and this will make it very difficult to continue to the same standards.”

The council explained other services would be available to those affected, such as via a child’s school.

The rises were agreed at the committee meeting yesterday (January 14).

Budding musicians will have to wait until later in the year to see if additional rises kick in once the Arts Council grant is removed.

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4:03pm Tue 15 Jan 13

fredflintstone1 says...

You really have to wonder about the seriously warped priorities of this Green administration, which is so selfishly wedded to pursuing their various vanity projects at any cost.

They'd rather carry on spending over £70,000 a year on fencing the city's parks and hiring sheep for grazing (700 @ £2 per week) while imposing cuts on lessons for children - including those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

It's a disgrace that this can be allowed to happen. The Greens are wrecking not just the city with their crazy schemes, but the lives of its residents too.
You really have to wonder about the seriously warped priorities of this Green administration, which is so selfishly wedded to pursuing their various vanity projects at any cost. They'd rather carry on spending over £70,000 a year on fencing the city's parks and hiring sheep for grazing (700 @ £2 per week) while imposing cuts on lessons for children - including those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. It's a disgrace that this can be allowed to happen. The Greens are wrecking not just the city with their crazy schemes, but the lives of its residents too. fredflintstone1

4:15pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

Less public services and more pointless bicycle lanes and iSore towers. What a shower.
Less public services and more pointless bicycle lanes and iSore towers. What a shower. Crystal Ball

4:59pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Bt'n-breezy says...

Brighton and Hove has had a very good music service which should not be cut. When my fellow amateur singers move away they remark that the opportunities for singing are not as good elsewhere. However both Labour, Conservative and Green Councils have sadly not given Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra a penny in subsidy over many years which is something that needs to be addressed.
Brighton and Hove has had a very good music service which should not be cut. When my fellow amateur singers move away they remark that the opportunities for singing are not as good elsewhere. However both Labour, Conservative and Green Councils have sadly not given Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra a penny in subsidy over many years which is something that needs to be addressed. Bt'n-breezy

6:36pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Dealing with idiots says...

Oh yes, more nails in the coffin of the dear leader Kitcat's political career. Offend the yummy mummies at your peril Jace.
Oh yes, more nails in the coffin of the dear leader Kitcat's political career. Offend the yummy mummies at your peril Jace. Dealing with idiots

7:11pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The council has made a fatal error of not listening to what the electorate wants.
Instead it continues to deliver its own agenda and its own vanity projects. It's signed its own death warrant and will probably take Caroline Lucas with it.
She should be looking for a safer seat to occupy as the whole party is finished in this town.
Cllr Kitkat, Davey and Duncan, listen to the people. They elected you. Why are you ignoring everyone?
The council has made a fatal error of not listening to what the electorate wants. Instead it continues to deliver its own agenda and its own vanity projects. It's signed its own death warrant and will probably take Caroline Lucas with it. She should be looking for a safer seat to occupy as the whole party is finished in this town. Cllr Kitkat, Davey and Duncan, listen to the people. They elected you. Why are you ignoring everyone? Maxwell's Ghost

9:01pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

Green Council and MP altogether now

1) Hands over ears
2) Eyes Shut
3) Sing "La la la we're not listening" - out of tune preferably.
Green Council and MP altogether now 1) Hands over ears 2) Eyes Shut 3) Sing "La la la we're not listening" - out of tune preferably. Idontbelieveit1948

9:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

What a shower of s**t
What a shower of s**t imnotpc

10:14pm Tue 15 Jan 13

george smith says...

Is it true that travellers camps cost hundreds a week to the local taxpayer. I thought we were going to be asked what we wanted as priorities
Is it true that travellers camps cost hundreds a week to the local taxpayer. I thought we were going to be asked what we wanted as priorities george smith

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