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For over 40 years, the Bromley Youth Music Trust has provided youngsters up to 18 across the borough the opportunity to participate in music, either in a bid to continue into a career in music, or simply as a pastime.
However, on 27th January 2015, the Bromley Council Education Policy, Development and Scrutiny Committee met and put into the public domain that they are seeking to withdraw all £300,000 of BYMT's annual funding as of 1st April 2015.
Not only would this be a blow to the people currently learning at BYMT, but also it limits the likelihood of BYMT continuing to produce some of the best young musicians in the country, and to assist young people with social skills and discovering their own talents on annual music tours and countless performances at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
Not to mention that a lot of the money goes towards subsidising fees for students who would otherwise be unable to participate. If the funding is cut music will only be available to the privileged few and BYMT will have to scale back or completely scrap its outreach programme. This would create an immense hole in the diverse number of students and backgrounds present at this particular pastime.
If something is not done now, the livelihood of the children in Bromley could slowly die out in the near future.
We're just children. And music has changed our lives.
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