Bexley young musicians cast adrift in sea of uncertainty
Bird College Music Hub and Music Services Department was closed in June, effectively removing the provision of instruments, tuition and performance opportunities in Bexley Borough virtually overnight.
Sidcup Rotary Club members have had a long association with music services in Bexley and since 1998, have organised a biannual Bexley Young Musician of the Year competition together with colleagues from other local clubs. Many of the participants and winners have gone on to pursue careers in music.
As recent reports have highlighted, music is vital for language development, mental health, physical well-being and social interaction. Members of Sidcup Rotary Club, shocked and disappointed by the closure, launched the Save Bexley Music 2020 Appeal in collaboration with the Friends of Bexley Music. The campaign has used The Big Give charity platform to seek initial funding pledges, it is hoped, will be matched by the general public.
The aim is to maintain enthusiasm, to help reassure young people by safeguarding provision locally, subsidise performances and offer bursaries and instrument hire for both disadvantaged and gifted pupils. The Sidcup Rotary Club initiative has the full support of local MPs, the local authority and the Director of the Sidcup Symphony Orchestra
The Big Give is a non-profit, charitable website that enables donors to find and support charity projects in their field of interest. Its main activity is online match funding campaigns, in which pledges from supporters of charitable projects are matched by donations from philanthropists and/or the general public.
Thus, the intention is that the funds raised by Sidcup Rotary Club for the Save Bexley Music 2020 Campaign will be matched by the general public and possibly interested philanthropists to provide
a short term continuity of provision whilst a permanent solution is found by the Arts Council, the College and interested parties.
The Sidcup Rotary Club Benevolent Trust Save Bexley Music 2020 campaign is now live on the Big Give platform, giving members of the public further information and the opportunity to contribute to the appeal until mid September. Click on the link below to take you directly to our Big Give campaign.
Should individuals, organisations or companies be willing to make a pledge of at least £100 we are running a second appeal, the Save Bexley Music Christmas Challenge. This is again with The Big Give. We need pledges of a minimum of £100 before 28 August 2020 that we then hope to double with gifts from philanthropists and donation from the public. Please click on the link below to find out more and make a pledge.