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The reaction comes following a report in the Forfar Dispatch detailing a recent overturning of a bill proposed to cut over £200,000 worth of funding for music tuition initiatives in the area as councillors identified the potential damage the loss could have on the local community.

Councillor Colin Brown has said he felt forced to speak out after a fellow elected member had publicly stated that keeping the funding in place for music tuition would result in “a lost opportunity to have a really exciting system of instruction”.

This would have entailed a 36 per cent drop in the number of instrumental music teachers available in the region – something that had already been successfully campaigned against by pupils from Forfar Academy who were adamant the cuts would be detrimental to their school.

Fortunately, Mr Brown and the school pupils were successful in their opposition of these music cuts, and the councillor said that he felt that other council members were “more interested in the £200k cut being the missed opportunity and not the implications that would have been for the budding musicians all over Angus.”

He continued to state: “I was proud to support the amendment which ensures that all pupils will have equal opportunity and not just a few whose parents can afford to pay private tuition.

A spokesperson for Fusion Bags, market leaders in the design and supply of specialist instrument bags in the UK, has released a statement following the report: “It’s refreshing to see such positive action being recognised within a local community – especially when efforts are directed towards a cause as important as music tuition.

“Not only would the loss of funding resulted in hard-working teaching professionals to be left without employment, but it would have left students without an opportunity to involve themselves in the wonderful world of music. The fact that the decision to cut annual spending on this was reversed is a great victory, not only for the local community in Forfar but for everyone involved in both teaching and learning instrumental music.”

Fusion Bags is a British based company based in West Yorkshire. Established in 2008, they have been designing and manufacturing gig bags especially built for travelling and commuting musicians around the world. Fusion Bags is a registered trademark of Fusion Products Company Limited.

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