Bold Plans for Bristol Music Service
17 July 2013
While many music hubs across the country depend on government money for their existence, Bristol City Council has plans of its own to secure the long-term future of children's music education.
Proposals were announced today to move the council music service to join Bristol Music Trust, an independent charity that promotes music making across the Bristol. The Trust currently manages Colston Hall, the city's vibrant centre for music and the arts, as well as working in partnership with several of Bristol's cultural organisations.
It is hoped that the move will help the music service to secure Arts Council funding after April 2015, which is when the current allocation finishes.
Bristol's music service currently provides regular activities for around 10,500 students each week - including free specialist music lessons, weekly tuition, and ensembles both in and out of schools. Its team of 90-strong peripatetic teachers cover a wide range of instruments, from tabla and steel pans to flute and violin.
Assistant Mayor for Children and Young People, councillor Brenda Massey, said: 'We have a rich hub of talent that will become more joined up and secure by operating through Bristol Music Trust, which has already been praised by the Arts Council for partnership working. Moving the service will help it to secure funding in the future and develop its reputation as a regional centre of excellence for music.'