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East Sussex Music to join Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s music education service

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF) has announced it will manage East Sussex Music (ESM) service and will be lead partner for the East Sussex Music Education Hub, from 2 September 2019. ESM provides music lessons and activities for over 7000 children and young people in East Sussex.

The partnership is part of BDBF’s commitment to deliver music education to children and young people across the county. It brings together the combined work of the arts charity responsible for the historic Brighton Dome venues, the annual Brighton Festival and Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA), who deliver music education to children and young people across the city. The contract to manage East Sussex Music has been awarded by East Sussex County Council following a tender exercise carried out in accordance with national regulations.

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said:
“We are delighted to welcome East Sussex Music as part of our arts education provision. By operating collectively, access to creative and cultural experiences for children, young people, families, schools and communities will be significantly improved by enabling the service to lead county-wide initiatives.”

BHMA has been managed by BDBF since July 2017 when it transferred from Brighton & Hove City Council. It provides music, arts education and performance opportunities across the city with over 4000 children and young people directly taught by the service each week. The service also leads on a range of major projects and events - such as SoundCity, Brighton & Hove’s Music Education Hub - which engages a further 3000 children and young people through live performances.

Peter Chivers, Head of Brighton & Hove Music & Arts and East Sussex Music added:
“Music has the potential to transform young people’s lives and can improve learning and life skills, boosts social development and fosters teamwork. Through our partnership with ESM we can continue to use our collective expertise so that children and young people across Brighton and Hove and East Sussex, are able to engage with, enjoy and be inspired by music, whatever their background.”

ESM will be based in Lewes with a team of over 80 professional music teachers. There will be no significant changes to the service as a result of the transfer. Continued activities include weekly instrumental lessons in local schools in every part of East Sussex; bands, choirs and orchestras, including local Area Music Centres in Heathfield, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes; weekend and holiday music activities; performances, events and training for schools, staff and pupils.

Stuart Gallimore, East Sussex County Council director of children’s services, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with an organisation which has a proven track record of delivering high quality music education, which ensures that the music service has a sustainable, long-term future and that young people in East Sussex can continue to enjoy a wide range of music lessons and other activities.”

 

East Sussex Music users can book services or contact staff via:

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I get in touch with the service after 2 September 2019?


Will the organisation have a new name?
No. The name will remain as ‘East Sussex Music’.

 

Will my teacher stay the same?
Yes. There will be no changes to teaching staff as a result of the transfer. However, there may be a new teacher in cases where colleagues left the organisation at the end of the previous academic year.

 

How will this affect the service we receive?

ESM will be based in Lewes with a team of professional music teachers, administrative staff and managers.

There will be no significant changes to the service as a result of the transfer. Continued activities include weekly instrumental lessons in local schools in every part of East Sussex; bands, choirs and orchestras, including local Area Music Centres in Heathfield, Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes; weekend and holiday music activities; performances, events and training for schools, staff and pupils.

 

There will be no changes to:

  • In-school activities such as instrumental / vocal lessons and First Access

  • Out-of-school activities such as the Music Centre, Summer School, tours and concerts including the Big Sings

  • The venues for lessons, Music Centre activities and ensemble rehearsals.

 

Payments

If you have an outstanding invoice for music tuition please pay your invoice as normal.

Lessons have been transferred to BDBF. You will be invoiced by BDBF for lessons starting from 5 September 2019. Online payment will be available via our website.

 

Office and Admin Team

We will be welcoming a number of new colleagues to the admin team, who will be working alongside a number of existing staff members. We will continue to have an office at the Performing Arts Centre in Lewes. Many of our staff will be able to work from different sites in Lewes and Brighton.

 

Safeguarding
Our existing, robust approach to safeguarding will not change. All procedures relating to safeguarding are outlined in our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy which is available here: www.eastsussexmusic.org/about

 

Music Education Hub

East Sussex Music continues to be the lead partner for East Sussex Music Hub.

 

Who are Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival?

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is a registered arts charity which aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives, and inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.

Since July 2017, BDBF has managed Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) who deliver music education to children and young people across Brighton & Hove. It provides music, arts education and performance opportunities across the city with over 4000 children and young people directly taught by the service each week. The service also leads on a range of major projects and events - such as SoundCity, Brighton & Hove’s Music Education Hub - which engages a further 3000 children and young people through live performances.

 

If you have any further questions please email us at esm@brightondome.org or phone 01273 261540.