End of excellence?
Ironic that on the very week Celtic Connections ends to critical acclaim and a million pounds of tickets sold, the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton is earmarked for closure.
Clumsy title for an extraordinary facility which over the past 10 years has produced a steady flow of musicians who've gone on to perform, teach or simply promote traditional music around the world.
Director Dougie Pincock said on BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland that like any arts organisation, he expected budget cuts, but the notion of closing the whole centre has taken him, and the traditional music community, by surprise.
Of course Highland Council, like all councils, faces some tough decisions this year.
And arts projects remain the soft option.
The task for the wider community is to flag up how vital such resources are and that's where a community of noisy outspoken musicians comes in handy.
The first of several protests is pencilled for Glasgow's George Square on Saturday.
Others will follow.
There's also an online petition. Don't expect them to go quietly.