Freedom for Musicians Supports – Save East Sussex Music Service

East Sussex County Council are proposing to cut the instrumental service.

East Sussex Music provides music tuition for over 7000 children in 92% of East Sussex schools.

More than 3000 children have tuition from the instrumental service.  Their inspirational teachers enable children from low income backgrounds, from rural areas, in challenging circumstances or with special educational needs or disability to learn.  Their progress and achievement in learning an instrument and participating with others also helps them develop life skills to enable them grow their aspirations in all walks of life .

Thousands of lives have been inspired and transformed by this service.  Don’t let our children pay for East Sussex County Council’s financial choices brought about by government cuts to public services.

What can you do?

Sign the petition

Join the Facebook campaign

Write to your MP or councillor to demand that East Sussex County Council  look at the many alternative proposals already submitted

Share your personal story of how learning a musical instrument changed your life or the lives of family and friends

Tweet your story using #SaveESMS #saveourservice @eastsussexCC

Rally with us at one of our events

Bang the drum for music

Sussex by the Sea

28 April, 4pm, Eastbourne Bandstand

Join BBC Principal Trumpet player, Alan Thomas in rousing choruses of Sussex by the Sea.


30 April, 9:30am County Hall Lewes

Samba and more.  Bring a drum and join parents and students as Cllr Bob Standley decides #thinkagainbob

May Day Parade

7 May, 11am, Hyde Gardens Eastbourne

We lead the parade with bands and more to march through the town ending at the Wish Tower slopes for picnics and speeches

Ouse day

I July, 2pm, River Ouse Lewes

Help us ‘rock the boat’ at the raft race

Details on the website

Contact us:

#SaveESMS #ThinkAgainBob