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To: City of Edinburgh Council

City of Edinburgh Council: Save Our Instrumental Music Service

We call on City of Edinburgh Council to let every child learn music.

We object to the proposed cuts to our instrumental music service, and the introduction of any charges or other barriers to access.

Why is this important?

City of Edinburgh Council wants to make significant cuts to its instrumental music service. They are launching a “full consultation” on its future ahead of proposed cuts of £150,000 in 2021/22 and £350,000 in 2022/23.

It's not right, and it’s not fair.

Cutting Edinburgh’s instrumental music service means taking opportunity away from Edinburgh's children and young people.

Over 40% of those from low-income families say music lessons are beyond their household budgets.

Musicians' Union research shows that families with a total household income of less than £28,000 are half as likely to have a child learning an instrument as more affluent peers with a family income of £48,000 or more – despite similar levels of interest from both groups of children.

Music should be available and attainable for all, whether they are the next Lewis Capaldi, Nicola Benedetti or Primal Scream, or they just want to try something new.

There is plenty of evidence that shows the benefits of music beyond art for art’s sake, and its value to the UK economy (£5.2 billion).

Music has been shown to boost attainment in schools, and positively impact a child’s cognitive abilities as well as social and emotional development.

It’s also about who we are as a community. We want more, not less, diversity in the stories we tell and are told.

We call on City of Edinburgh Council to let every child learn music.


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Reasons for signing

  • Access to musical creativity is not an option, it's essential to a person's well-being.
  • Music in schools is a big deal.
  • For our future talents, let's keep the music.


2020-02-21 11:52:09 +0000

City of Edinburgh Council has passed a budget that includes significant cuts to our instrumental music service.

But the fight is not over yet!

We need as many people as possible to sign and share this petition. The more people who sign, the more powerful we are and the more we can do to protect access to music for Edinburgh’s children and young people.

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2020-02-20 10:49:44 +0000

“You can’t forget about us, the pupils of Edinburgh, the people who live and breathe in the city, the grassroots musicians”

Two young musicians explain to Edinburgh’s councillors how free instrumental music lessons in schools helped them in school and beyond.

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2020-02-18 15:29:43 +0000

We made 2000 signatures AND The Scotsman!

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2020-02-15 07:46:00 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-02-14 16:07:53 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-02-14 08:28:45 +0000

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2020-02-14 07:45:32 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-02-14 06:26:53 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-02-13 19:26:27 +0000

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