East Sussex County Council has already cut £600,000 from the music service budget and now wants to save another £180,000 – £80,000 of that could come through stopping individual and small group lessons.
Musicians of all ages gathered at Eastbourne Band Stand on Saturday to play Sussex by the Sea in support of a campaign to save the service.
A website has been set up containing testimonials from people who have been taught to play musical instruments over the years, many of them now professional musicians.
Others have spoken about the way they have been helped by learning to play an instrument through the music scheme or have highlighted research that shows music education “has significant positive effects on many aspects of child development”.
A Facebook group to Save East Sussex Music has also been set up.
The county council has blamed cuts in central Government funding for it being unable to continue providing music lessons even after a major restructuring of the service.
The council’s lead member for education and inclusion will be recommending changes at a meeting this morning. The agenda and reports can be seen here.
The petition on the county council website can be seen here.