Free Music Arts and Heritage Workshops for East Sussex Families on Low Income

Whilst many families were busy hunting chocolate eggs and looking for ways to keep the children busy during the Easter holidays, the team at East Sussex Music (ESM) were making lots of noise working hard at their Holiday Food and Fun Workshops. Now they’re thrilled to announce that this summer the programme will be returning to Heathfield, Lewes and Bexhill.

The courses, which are free for families receiving benefit-related school meals, are part of a series of events that take place during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays, and are a core component of the organisation’s mission to make music accessible for as many young people as possible. The programme is part of the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food programme, with vital funding provided by East Sussex County Council.

The event provides primary and secondary school children with the opportunity to learn what it takes to create and perform a song using drum kits, guitars, keyboards and vocals, with expert training and advice provided by East Sussex Music’s professional team of teachers, with food provided throughout the entire duration of the courses.

In Bexhill-on-Sea, the programme will take place at the Bexhill Museum and the De La Warr Pavilion from 26-29 July and 2-5 August, focusing on creative music, arts and heritage activities for primary school pupils aged 8-11 years.

In Lewes, lively Rock and Pop workshops will be happening at the Performing Arts Centre on the same dates as Bexhill, aimed at secondary school children aged 11-14 years. At Heathfield, exciting Rock and Pop workshops will be occuring at the Heathfield Community College later on in the month on 16-19 and 23-26 August, perfect for secondary school pupils aged 11-14 years.

On the previous Easter workshop, one parent remarked “A big thank you to the organisers and leaders on this course. I've just spoken to James and he said it was a really fun day and he enjoyed it. I'm so happy and grateful as he really needed something to get him out meeting other kids and sharing music. I do hope East Sussex Music are planning more of these for the summer!” Emma Collins, Learning & Partnerships Manager for Brighton & Hove Music & Arts (BHMA) and East Sussex Music Said: “It really is a pure delight to be able to run these workshops over the school holidays, learning music is an essential part of child development and a great way to have fun; there are endless positive benefits it can have on young people’s lives. Many people have been hit hard over the past year with lockdown, so providing meals is also a great support to those who may need it.”

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(Booking closes on Wednesday 14 July)