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Dear school colleagues,

Our Associate tutors and Organisations (for whom we are neither employer nor agent) are the lifeblood of music education and we’re very concerned for their financial welfare at this difficult time.

Many may find themselves unable to earn because the places in which they normally deliver work (like schools) are closed and so they’re in a very vulnerable place, one which isn’t likely to have priority consideration in Government’s provision for small businesses and the self-employed.
  • If you can manage it, we’d like you to consider how you might help them get through this, particularly in terms of tuition or sessions you may already have booked or paid for.
  • If your school receives subsidies for First Access and / or Instrumental Vocal Tuition, you will already have received an email from us stating that we’d like to see payments released to tutors as soon as possible
  • Some providers will be offering additional resources / workplans and possibly online / video lessons  – we hope that you’ll feel able to accept these as alternatives to face to face experiences and indeed be comfortable with safeguarding solutions they offer. All of our Associates have safeguarding measures in place but video / facetime / skype tuition etc. is a new and additional dimension that we’re trying to help them address.
  • We’d also ask that you take a look at the campaign for including those self-employed people in sick pay here
With best wishes
From Nick and the team at Wiltshire Music Connect 


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