On Friday 18 November, School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb announced that more than £300 million would be made available to help young people from every background enjoy the benefits of music and the arts.
This new investment will secure funding to the 121 Music Education Hubs for the next four years to 2020 building upon the £271 million that has been invested since 2012.
This is great news for children and schools as it will enable Music Hubs to carry on the exciting music provision they have built up and developed over the years, and will enable them to plan ahead working closely with schools and academies.
Music Education Hubs were established in 2012, in response to the government’s 2011 National Plan for Music Education. Hubs are groups of organisations – such as local authorities, schools, other hubs, arts organisations, and community or voluntary organisations – working together to create joined-up music education provision, responding to local need. They help hundreds of thousands of five to 18-year-olds each year to access activities like playing an instrument, singing in a choir or joining a band.
Arts Council England will be administering the allocation of the investment to the 121 Hubs. This is normally done on an equitable per capita basis ensuring fair funding to all children. It is envisaged that each Hub will receive its present level of funding.
You can read more about the Music Education Hubs and the National Plan for Music Education and you can contact One Education Music to discuss how your school might benefit contacting One Education's Music Team on 0844 967 1111.
Written by James Lyons
Deputy Head - One Education Music