Spending review puts pressure on local authorities
25 November 2015, Alex Stevens
Council cuts: George Osborne delivers his spending review
George Osborne today delivered his spending review, including a £10bn overall
increase in education spending over the course of the parliament and a promise
of higher funding for Arts Council England. The review details departmental spending
limits up to 2020 and beyond.
new funding formula for schools will be introduced from 2017, with the aim of
reducing geographical disparities in per-pupil spending. The Department for
Education will run a consultation on the changes next year.
will make local authorities running schools become a thing of the past,’ said
Osborne. ‘Our goal is to complete the school revolution and help every
secondary school become an academy … This will help us save around £600m from the
Education Services Grant.’
2014 the Incorporated Society of Musicians led a campaign to protect music
spending through the Education Services Grant, which is given to councils on a
per-pupil basis and through which around £21m was thought to have been spent by
councils on music education in 2011/12.
the government’s aim to ‘make local authorities running schools become a thing
of the past’ was achieved, any money spent through the ESG would also be lost.
the end of the parliament the direct allocation for local governments’
day-to-day spending will have decreased by £6.1bn per year. This means that
non-statutory services, including councils’ support for music education and cultural
provision, are likely to come under further pressure.
the effects of budget cuts, councils will be allowed to sell off assets and
retain all of the proceeds, and have been encouraged to make use of their
on culture will be maintained, said Osborne: ‘Deep cuts in the small budget of
the Department of Culture, Media and Sport are a false economy. Its core administration
budget will fall by 20% but I am increasing the cash that will go to the Arts
Council, our national museums and galleries.’
its spending limits confirmed, the Department for Education should now be in a position
to decide how much will be spent on music education hubs after the end of the
current financial year.
Trinity Laban announces new head of keyboard studies
25 November 2015
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance has appointed Peter Tuite as its new head of keyboard studies. He succeeds Deniz Gelenbe, who will continue to teach at the conservatoire.
Tuite comes to Trinity Laban from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he was head of the keyboard faculty and then senior dean.
He joins a department including Margaret Fingerhut, Pascal Rogé, Elena Riu, Steven Devine and Eugene Asti.
He studied at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Oxford and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He has recently finished making a new film of the Goldberg Variations at the famous Long Room Library; future projects include the recording and filming of the complete Haydn sonatas for keyboard and a new series of compositions based on short portraits of Dublin.
Trinity Laban director of music Claire Mera-Nelson said that Tuite 'brings a wealth of experience, both as a pianist and as a pedagogue, and his incisive and eclectic cultural knowledge and progressive view of music education will be a huge asset to us all.'
Trinity Laban: Piano and keyboard instruments
Joyce DiDonato launches Opera Rocks
25 November 2015
Joyce DiDonato has launched Opera Rocks, a free online newsletter for high school students.
The newsletter is funded by DiDonato herself, and she will regularly send videos, photos and messages to subscribers.
She said: 'I’ve noticed a fabulous trend from social media about young opera lovers: often times in high school, they will feel as if they are the only person on the planet who likes opera because they may be the only one at their school who (secretly!) has a passion for it.
'Through social media, however, they can connect across cities, states, even countries. Many times a group of 15-20 of them have saved up and made the trip to their “first live opera”, and they meet at the stage door to complete their experience full-circle.
'It’s been one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen in this business. I am simply giving back to them, letting them know they are not alone, and providing a platform for them to connect and share this wonderful, eye-opening world of opera.'
High school students can sign up for the newsletter here
RAM appoints new head of musical theatre
25 November 2015
Daniel Bowling will join the Royal Academy of Music as head of musical theatre in January 2016. He will succeed Björn Dobbelaere, head of musical theatre since 2012, who is to pursue a full-time career as a musical director and conductor.
Bowling studied conducting with Michael Tilson-Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, Max Rudolph and Sergiu Celibidache. He started his career as a trumpet player, but has over 20 years of experience in musical theatre.
He has previously worked for Disney, Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and Joop van den Ende's Stage Entertainment, and has been music supervisor for productions including Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon and Avenue Q.
Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, principal of the RAM, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Daniel to our talented staff. Daniel has a huge range of experience and expertise as well as a strong interest in the vital interface between the educational environment here at the Academy and the realities of the professional world.’
The one-year musical theatre course at the RAM was established in 1994. Students receive training in areas including acting, singing and movement, and participate in career development sessions. The course culminates in a performance to agents and casting directors.
Royal Academy of Music: Musical Theatre department
Music education hubs await grant confirmation
25 November 2015
Today's comprehensive spending review will confirm the levels of funding from which music education hubs receive their grant.
George Osborne will give his autumn statement at 12.30pm, in which he will set the level of government spending from April 2015 onwards.
While the per-pupil budget for schools is protected, the amount which hubs will receive from April 2016 is still unknown.
However, Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, suggested that more government funding is needed to ensure that high standards in schools are maintained.
He said: 'Schools face rapidly rising costs with nothing extra provided by the government to cover them. We fear this will have an adverse effect on standards […] Put simply, all schools need teachers and if you cut budgets, you cut staff. Children and young people will get less support, a narrower curriculum and a poorer deal.
'It’s time the government stopped seeing education as a cost; it’s an investment, whether for early years, schools, or post-16 education. In the end, the country gets out what it is prepared to put in.'
The BBC's Brian Wheeler
has suggested that cuts to arts funding are likely, with the National Lottery expected to make up the shortfall.
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