Music Education hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, arts organisations, community or voluntary organisations – working together to create joined-up music education provision, respond to local need and fulfil the objectives of the hub. 

Hubs are coordinated by the hub lead organisation, which takes on responsibility for the funding and governance of the hub. The total amount of hub funding from the Department for Education in 2015–16 is £75 million.

See the breakdown of funding allocations here

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Hubs: In Depth

Funded by the Department for Education

Here you can find our terms and conditions, prospectus and other useful documents and links.

Read more about the application process, the relationship between hubs and Arts Council England and review data from the hubs annual survey returns.

Explore our Music education hubs in more depth here

Case Studies

These examples detail areas of hub work such as working in partnership with professional music organisations, quality assurance, working special educational needs settings, ensemble and large scale projects and progression pathways. 

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”  

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

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 per cent of project participants had never previously attended an orchestral concert

Music Education Hub newsletter

Here you can view all of our archived Music Education Hub newsletters;

September 2015

June 2015

April 2015