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Reprieve for Bromley Youth Music Trust as council renews grant

PUBLISHED: 09:36 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:36 25 February 2015

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But only for the next financial year

A music school for young people in Bromley has been granted a short-term reprieve after the council considered axing its grant.

Bromley Council proposed withdrawing funding for Bromley Youth Music Trust two weeks ago, but changed its mind this week.

Instead, it announced that it would give the trust a £153,000 grant in the 2015-16 financial year, and will allow the trust to stay at its headquarters in Southborough Lane rent-free until 2017.

The trust and the council will work together to identify new sources of funding.

Council leader Cllr Stephen Carr said: “The council acknowledges that the trust has a musical track record perhaps second to none across the UK, but in the light of the financial challenges faced by the council over the last few years and significantly into the future, we have to consider all non-statutory spending.

“I know that the trust is highly valued in the borough and the council wants to continue to support its work, but in the current financial climate it no longer seems appropriate to do so through the council’s revenue budget.

“We will, however, continue to work with the trust to help secure income from other sources such as the Arts Council, schools and commercial sponsors.”

Trust principal Ian Rowe said: “The trust fully acknowledges the position the council finds itself in.

“We are pleased the council has agreed funding for 2015-16 and support through our premises. This gives us time to work together to seek alternative ways to boost our income so we can continue to enhance the musical talent of young people in the borough.”

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