Good news to start 2016

Happy 2016!

I’m delighted to report good news to start the new year.

I’m referring to the Government’s autumn spending review, in November, which brought fears that the arts and cultural education would take another big hit (after Arts Council  England faced cuts of 30% in the last parliament). It’s certainly  true that local authority funding continues to be pounded; SoundStorm/Wave has absorbed a 90% cut in our council funding in the past two years. However, we were very pleased when DfE announced in December that national music education hub funding was protected for 2016/17 at current levels. In other words, we anticipate being able to offer broadly the same great deal from SoundStorm next academic year  as we have done this year. Just make sure you sign up as a member, when forms come round next term!

Advocacy remains a huge part of us continuing in being successful in our funding bids, and direct input from schools is a really strong weapon. Therefore, if any of you feel able to write a line or two on the difference SoundStorm has made to your school, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll in time share it with DfE and our key stakeholders. Email us.

Have a great term

Dan Somogyi