£85 million has been pledged to fund school Music Education Hubs, which will provide opportunities for pupils to learn an instrument, perform in a choir or form a band.

The government-funded hubs will receive a total of £80 million through 2020-21, with a further £4 million announced for cultural education programmes – focused on dance, theatre, design and film – and £1 million pledged for charities dedicated to music education.

According to the website, Music Education Hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, art 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 as set out in the National Plan for Music Education

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 the 2019-20 financial year was £75.84 million. In recognition of cost pressures the DfE will be providing a further £265,000 for hubs this financial year, as well as supporting Hubs making teacher pension scheme payments. Funding budgeted for 2020-21 financial year is £78,897,949.00. 

School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb, says:

“We want all children to be leaving school able to read and write music, and to have been introduced to a wide range of musical traditions.

“Today’s funding announcement is designed to help our schools deliver that ambition.”

He continues:

“Music, arts and culture play an essential role in enriching pupils’ education, and we want to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to learn an instrument or perform in a choir or a band.

“Our continued investment will play an important role in helping young people widen their horizons and access all the opportunities that learning a musical instrument can provide – whether that be playing for pleasure or performing.”

The Music Education Hubs, which were founded in 2012 to bring together local authorities, arts organisations and volunteer programmes to create joined-up music education provision, were funded by £300 million from the government between 2016 to 2020.

You can find more details on the Arts Council website, and details of Cornwall’s Music Education Hub on their own website, together with events, resources and opportunities.

With information from Classic FM’s website.