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Music education hubs are groups of organisations who are passionate about delivering excellent music education for children and young people. The Arts Council is committed to making sure that they deliver this. On behalf of the Department for Education, we are investing more than £171 million of funding between August 2012 and March 2015 in a network of 123 Music education hubs across England.

New investment announced

The Department for Education recently announced it will increase the funding it gives to the Arts Council to deliver music education by £18 million, bringing the total amount of funding available to Music education hubs in the next financial year (2015-16) to over £75 million.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: 

'We're delighted that the Department for Education has backed the Arts Council’s leadership and championing of the network, and we value their support in developing the Arts Council’s work with arts and culture. We’ll continue the work we’ve done over the last four years to progress hub development so that children and young people everywhere can benefit from these invaluable opportunities'
for the full statement go here.

You can download a list of the hubs and funding allocations using the link on the right.

About the hubs

Music education hubs include schools - from primary to further education institutions - professional music organisations and arts organisations. They work in local areas to bring people together to create joined up music education provision for children and young people.

We expect every child to have the opportunity to sing, play instruments, solo and in groups and to be able to take these skills further if they have the talent or inspiration.

The hubs are a new way of organising music education, and have now been in place for two school years. Already, these hubs are working with 80% of schools in England, meaning that around one million children and young people are learning a musical instrument.

Music education hubs: in action

Youth Ensembles
Greater Manchester Music education hub

  • this Music education hub is a ground breaking new partnership, made up of nine local authority services and 15 regional and national partners
  • the new ‘Greater Manchester Ensembles’ offer music opportunities of distinction for some of the most advanced young musicians in the region, working with world-class conductors, teachers and composers
  • examples include the Greater Manchester Youth Brass Band, Youth Jazz Orchestra, Youth Strings Orchestra and the massed Youth Choirs, which see children and young people from across the region singing and learning together
  • the ensembles have taken part in performances in The Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Jazz Festival, and are looking forward to performing at The Royal Albert Hall in November

Engaging children with special education needs
Telford Music education hub

  • working with Southall Special Needs School, Telford Music education hub engaged in a bespoke, special needs version of their Whole Class Ensemble Tuition programme, over a 30 week period
  • music tutors received training, including Makaton sign language, to use specialist music assistive technology to help engage young people with physical, mental and communication needs with musical education
  • the hub provides young people with access to music technology, brass, singing, ukulele, samba and folk whistle
  • teachers from Southall Special Needs School commented:
    “The confidence that some of the special education needs children develop, performing individually flows into other areas of the curriculum: they are more prepared to have a go independently”  

First Time Live - youth project
Luton Music education hub

  • this project resulted in 2000 children and young people playing and singing an original composition with the City of London Sinfonia
  • this was made possible by the Luton Music education hub, working with the local Bridge organisation and the National portfolio organisation Orchestras Live
  • the project also included a programme of workshops and rehearsals, allowing young people to engage directly with orchestral musicians and contribute to the programming and production of concerts
  • the City of London Sinfonia toured Luton, performing pieces chosen by young people, for young people
  • 70% of project participants had never previously attended an orchestral concert

More information

Explore the links on the right of this page to download documents and resources for Music education hubs.

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