Fanfare and MOST (Musically Outstanding Students), two of Queensland's foremost music education opportunities for school students, which have both operated for up to 30 years, provide opportunities and encouragement for school children who learn musical instruments.
The MOST biennial scholarship program provides 77 children from around Queensland the opportunity to experience a two-week music education workshop.
The biennial Fanfare festival competition is a state-wide school band competition that supports excellence in music programs and rewards school students and teachers for their hard work.
This isn't just a cut in Art funding but a cut in an educational program that supports school students.
Education Queensland assistant director-general Mark Campling said the school music programs cost about $175,000 combined:
"All central and regional office services and the functions of the Department of Education, Training and Employment are currently under review," Mr Campling said.
(From Courier Mail report: http://www.news.com.au/national/campbell-newmans-razor-gang-deals-blow-to-school-band-competition/story-fndo4ckr-1226429452724)
Please continue support such educational programs so that Queensland's young musicians can continue to benefits from these educational programs.