Burnham: Blow to arts academy dream after lack of help

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The Rev Dr Jon Morgan has not reached his funding target for an arts academy The Rev Dr Jon Morgan has not reached his funding target for an arts academy

Plans for a performing arts academy in Burnham have been abandoned after the project failed to attract enough money.

The music hub for performance and tuition is thought to cost between £25,000 and £26,000 to be properly set up, but so far has only received £5,000 from the town council.

The Rev Dr Jon Morgan, 54, of the United Reformed Church, has now been forced to drop the plan to have the academy in Belvedere Road until he can find somewhere else with a cheaper lease.

Mr Morgan, who has been a minister for 16 years and was the principal of the Cambridge Academy of Music and Performing Arts, said: “I’m very disappointed.

“I put six months of extra work into it and nothing has come of it."

See this week's Burnham Standard for the full story.

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4:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Caroline S says...

As was mentioned in the paper, on the same page as this article, Burnham TC is raising another £25,000 for unspecified projects. This means there will now be £50,000 in the kitty for a rainy day.
Given the much reported problems with underage drinking and the lack of much for teenagers to do other than hang around in the park why is the Town Council not giving every support to this initiative?
As was mentioned in the paper, on the same page as this article, Burnham TC is raising another £25,000 for unspecified projects. This means there will now be £50,000 in the kitty for a rainy day. Given the much reported problems with underage drinking and the lack of much for teenagers to do other than hang around in the park why is the Town Council not giving every support to this initiative? Caroline S

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