“This is unacceptable and cannot happen”: ISM responds to proposed closure of East Sussex Music Service

East Sussex County Council has announced a proposal to close its music service and has launched a consultation investigating if the service is being used by local residents.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is supporting the music service and will be writing a response and is supporting local efforts led by music teachers to save the music service.

It is encouraging those who use the music service to provide evidence of their experiences and benefits of having it available in their county.

“The news that East Sussex County Council is proposing to close their music service by 2019 is deeply concerning. The closure of the music service will mean the loss of vital music provision for thousands of children across the county, as well as job losses for music teachers and administrative staff. This is unacceptable and cannot happen,” said Chief Executive of the ISM Deborah Annetts in response to the news.

“Music is central to our cultural life, a key driver of economic growth, and has a positive impact on children’s cognitive development and emotional wellbeing. In our response, we will firmly recommend that the Council considers the impact the closure of the music service will have and to find an alternative proposal that would allow the service to continue.”

The East Sussex Music Service launched in 1934 and delivers music lessons to around 7,000 children in schools each year and has almost 1,000 children aged between four and 18 attending its music centres every week.

The deadline to respond to this consultation is Friday 27th July 2018. You can respond here.

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