Cardiff Council is proposing 100% cuts to funding for the ‘Cardiff & The Vale of Glamorgan Music Service’, ending public subsidy for instrumental lessons.
Local conductor David Hutchings has posted the following protest and put up a petition site in an attempt to mitigate the calamity. When a small country which prides itself on musicality attacks music teaching in schools, we have to wonder whether politicians have any grasp of national identity.
“At a time when the arts are being harder-hit than most sectors, a 100% cut to the music service is nothing short of a disaster. Cuts are a sad, often devastating necessity of these hard economic times, but through music and artistic expression, people are empowered to find hope out of adversity. To make a 100% cut in funding for Cardiff & Vale’s invaluable Music Service not only puts in jeopardy such important work, it sends a message to all people that the arts (and therefore work which seeks challenge young people to find hope out of adversity) is simply not worth doing.
If we have lumbered our young people with this burden of economic debt, do we not, at least, owe them an outlet through which the hope and motivation may be expressed in art?”
UPDATE: We have been asked by some readers to modify the original headline, which they found too sweeping. The intent was to draw attention to a very serious situation in the provision of music lessons for poorer pupils in Welsh schools. The withdrawal of subsidy means that those without means will receive no music. This decision has been taken by a Labour-controlled Cardif council.