Step 1 – Contact your local councillor
Persuade your local councillor to support musical tuition in the budget vote next week. Email, phone, tweet, or visit your local councillor and let them know why it’s so important.
|Monday 4th Feb|
|Dalkeith library||Margot Russell||6-7pm|
|Danderhall library||Colin Cassidy||6:30-7:30pm|
|Penicuik library||Joe Wallace||6-7pm|
|Pathhead pavillion||Kenneth Baird||7-8pm|
|Tuesday 5th Feb|
|Gorebridge beacon||Jim Muirhead||6-7pm|
|Lasswade centre library||Dianne Alexander||6-7pm|
|Wednesday 6th Feb|
|McSense business centre||Peter Smaill||6:30-7pm|
|Thursday 7th Feb|
|Edinburgh college||Peter Smaill||6-6:30pm|
|Monday 11th Feb|
|Newtongrange library||Catherine Johnstone||5-6pm|
|Penicuik library||Debbie McCall||6-7pm|
|Tesco Eskbank||Kenneth Baird||7-8pm|
Step 2 – Contact your MSP
Music tuition is under threat all over Scotland. The Scottish government should take responsibility for supporting local councils to fund music tuition. Email or tweet your MSP and ask them to help.
Christine Grahame (Midlothian South and Tweedale) (details)
Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh) (details)
Step 3 – Tweet John Swinney
As education minister John Swinney (tweet here) has stated that local authorities should continue to fund music tuition. However he has refused to allocate funding or interfere in local council decisions (see article) That is unacceptable. Tell him. Music in schools will all but disappear on his watch!
Step 4 – Encourage as many people as possible to lend their support.
Use all your social networks, talk to neighbours and ask them to sign the petition. We only have until the Council’s budget vote 12th February to persuade councillors to reject the planned cuts to music tuition. Only a big response will get them to reconsider.
Step 5 – Ask councillors difficult questions! Here are a couple of ideas..
How will I or (my child) be able to continue learning their instrument if I can’t afford to pay for a private tutor?
How will it be possible to study music beyond school if there is no specialist tuition available to meet the requirements of colleges and universities?
Step 6 – come along the the demonstration
The Kids are organising a public rally in Dalkeith on the 12th – be there.