Denbighshire Council is planning to cut their local music service; this is deeply concerning.

After the closure of Powys music service and the announcement that local authorities are proposing to close Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend music services in order to cut public funding costs, the news that local authorities in Denbighshire are planning to axe their music service is deeply troubling. It is evident music education in Wales is seriously at risk.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ said:

‘Denbighshire Council must abandon this deeply damaging proposal. The Council’s unsubstantiated claim in its consultation that these cuts to the administration of the ‘music service, county ensembles and instruments’ will not affect ‘music lessons for individual pupils’ is particularly puzzling.

‘Music education in Wales – with no dedicated central funding – is under direct threat. We urge Denbighshire Council to reverse this decision and we will continue to urge the Welsh Assembly Government to publish a national plan for music education in Wales and commit to dedicated funding for music services.

‘Music is valuable educationally, economically and socially, it is valued by the public and if these cuts go ahead, access to music education will become the preserve of those who can afford it.’

You can have your say by responding to the Denbighshire Council's consultation. It can be found at: https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/your-council/consultations/Current-consultations.aspx

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