Price hike in tuition fees for Leeds musicians

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Tuition fees look set to be hiked at seven Leeds City Council run music centres in a bid to save the local authority £130,000 a year.

A report to the council states tuition fees must be restructured to safeguard the future of the centres, which are used by around 1,500 children and adults.

Fees are currently £5 per hour for children aged seven and under, £6 per hour for youngsters aged eight to 18 and OAPs and £7.50 per hour for adults.

Proposed fees include a £35 joining fee for an individual or family plus £145 per year for under 18s for classes of over 45 minutes and £175 per year for adults.

Leeds City Council runs music centres at Carr Manor School, Meanwood; Leeds East Academy; Newlands Primary School, Morley; Horsforth School; Boston Spa High School, Guiseley School and Rodillian Academy, Rothwell.

Stephen Wild, head of music at Art Forms, which manages music centres for the council, said in a report to the authority’s deputy director of learning: “The changes in fees are designed to increase revenue from the centres, which will enable their long term future.

“If we are to continue to offer the same quality service for young people and communities of Leeds our prices must rise.

“Where learners might be deterred by the fees there are bursaries available to help ensure that everyone has access to music.”

“Some users will see rises in prices, which is why we have made sure there are offers in place to support those in need of assistance.

“We have done our very best to limit the rises as much as possible.

“We really want to be engaging with more students rather than fewer.”

Mr Wild added: “I’m delighted the council has a commitment to providing the service on an ongoing basis as its a vital part of community music making in Leeds.

“It provides support for young people who want to take music learning further than they can in their schools.”

Mr Wild’s report to Leeds City Council recommends that the revised fees are imposed from September this year.

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