Fears for the future after Trafford's school music service has funding cut

Fears for the future after Trafford's school music service has funding cut

Fears for the future after Trafford's school music service has funding cut

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THE Tories have totally cut the funding to the Trafford school music service.

The schools’ music service will now have to self-fund just to exist and apply for funding support from private business and apply for any appropriate grants.

I do not find it easy to come with a begging bowl but that is how desperate we are to ensure this music service survives past this next year.

This is not an easy task for staff, while at the same time they are working hard continuing to always raise the standard of this first class music service in Trafford.

Of course, charging higher fees will bring in more money but it is those children whose parents just do not have enough money over at the end of the week so pay for music tuition who will lose out with these disgraceful cuts.

If you think you can fundraise or are a business or company that can donate please get in touch or become a Friend of Trafford Music Service.

Becoming a Friend means that you will be directly contributing to the musical future of Trafford’s music service.

For further information on how to become a Friend ring 911-*238 or see the website www.gmmusichub.co.uk/trafford.

Cllr Jane Baugh Shadow spokesman Health and Wellbeing, Trafford Council

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3:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

Mike Cornes says...

Trafford Music Service is thriving and looking forward to the future

The Trafford Music Service continues to provide high quality music making opportunities for all children and young people in Trafford. The Music Service works in partnership with all Trafford Primary schools and an increasing number of secondary schools. As well as high-quality music making opportunities in schools, Trafford Music Service also targets support to enable access to music making for our most vulnerable families.
Funding for the service comes from several sources including external grants, services to schools, subscriptions and individual/group lessons. Fundraising schemes are in place to support bursaries for children from low income families and a charitable arm is being set up to expand this in addition to accessing other sources of funding.
The Service Manager has a business development plan transitioning the service to become fully self-sustainable from April 2014 and this has been so successful the service is actually expanding with a need for more teachers to meet the increasing service being delivered to schools.
National and local sports teams, including Team GB at the Olympics, in addition to other organisations are all sponsored. Thousands of individuals across the country choose to sign up to agreements with organisations, both national and local, in order they can support arts and cultural events whilst others do so to receive membership benefits when they attend such events. This is not a begging bowl but a feature of a modern society and economy.
Trafford Music Service will continue to be supported through in-kind contributions by the Council who are rightly proud of this outstanding excellent service.
Cllr Jane Baugh is aware of the above changes which were restated during a council debate last year, but following her own ideological agenda she chooses to repeat comments that are designed to undermine new and successful methods of delivering services, particularly those that deliver more for less cost to the taxpayer.

Cllr Mike Cornes, Executive Member for Education, Trafford Council
Trafford Music Service is thriving and looking forward to the future The Trafford Music Service continues to provide high quality music making opportunities for all children and young people in Trafford. The Music Service works in partnership with all Trafford Primary schools and an increasing number of secondary schools. As well as high-quality music making opportunities in schools, Trafford Music Service also targets support to enable access to music making for our most vulnerable families. Funding for the service comes from several sources including external grants, services to schools, subscriptions and individual/group lessons. Fundraising schemes are in place to support bursaries for children from low income families and a charitable arm is being set up to expand this in addition to accessing other sources of funding. The Service Manager has a business development plan transitioning the service to become fully self-sustainable from April 2014 and this has been so successful the service is actually expanding with a need for more teachers to meet the increasing service being delivered to schools. National and local sports teams, including Team GB at the Olympics, in addition to other organisations are all sponsored. Thousands of individuals across the country choose to sign up to agreements with organisations, both national and local, in order they can support arts and cultural events whilst others do so to receive membership benefits when they attend such events. This is not a begging bowl but a feature of a modern society and economy. Trafford Music Service will continue to be supported through in-kind contributions by the Council who are rightly proud of this outstanding excellent service. Cllr Jane Baugh is aware of the above changes which were restated during a council debate last year, but following her own ideological agenda she chooses to repeat comments that are designed to undermine new and successful methods of delivering services, particularly those that deliver more for less cost to the taxpayer. Cllr Mike Cornes, Executive Member for Education, Trafford Council Mike Cornes
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