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We announce successful music education hub applications

  • Date: 4 May 2012
  • Area: National

Arts Council England today announced the nationwide network of 122 music education hubs that will play a key role in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience a high quality music education.

The new music education hubs will see a significant shift in the way music education has been delivered to date, both in and out of school. Organisations, including schools, professional music organisations, higher and further education institutions and other Arts Council funded organisations working in a local area will be coming together to create joined up music education provision for children and young people.

The aim of this work is to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to progress to the next level, and play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir.

The 122 new hubs will provide significantly improved opportunities for all young people to benefit from high quality musical experiences regardless of where they live.

Music education hubs in practice

Music education hubs were selected following an open application process with published criteria.

Many applicants clearly illustrated how they have realised the vision of the National Plan for Music Education. This includes new approaches to partnership working, and innovative thinking about business models, including plans to work with others to develop, draw together and maximise resources for music education for the benefit of children. You can read some examples of music education hubs in practice on the funding pages of our website.

Some applications were stronger than others and a number of hubs will be asked to develop their plans further in the coming months. The Arts Council will encourage and promote on-going partnership development, and for hubs to raise the bar of aspiration, quality, and progression across all hubs. This will be done in order to make sure the quality of the experience for young people will be high.

Over the next three years Arts Council England expects to see hubs continue to evolve, develop and improve. Hubs will be encouraged to become a network, working together to increase the quality of delivery, the ability to respond to local need and to develop an improved use of digital technology to develop content and delivery. They will also be encouraged to be entrepreneurial and innovative in developing their business models to increase the resources available for the direct delivery of high quality music education.

Developing music education provision

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: 'The Arts Council's goal is to make sure that children and young people have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, as set out in Achieving great art for everyone.

'After a robust application process we look forward to working with music education hubs to enhance and develop music education provision across the country.'

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: 'All children, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances, should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to play and sing with others.

'I welcome the Art Council's announcement of the nationwide network of music hubs. They form an integral part of our national plan for music education. Over the coming years, these hubs will help countless children to discover and develop their musical talent.'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: 'These hubs will mean young people around the country can access high quality music teaching, itself an important and fulfilling part of learning.'

You can read full quotes from Alan Davey, Nick Gibb and Ed Vaizey in the music hubs press release.

Music education hubs will be in place from August 2012, in order to deliver activity from September 2012. Arts Council England will be holding meetings with all of the music education hub leaders in the next few weeks to build the network of hubs as the hubs develop their plans.

Read more about music education hubs.