Arts Council England

“Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better”

On behalf of the Department for Education, Arts Council England are investing more than £171 million of funding between August 2012 and March 2015 in a network of music education hubs across England. On 4 May 2012 they announced the nationwide network of 123 music education hubs. The hubs were identified through an open application process, which opened 25 November 2011. Wakefield Music Services was awarded lead organisation status for the Wakefield Music Education Hub showing that they could effectively deliver all Core and Extension Roles.

Music education hubs will ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, and to perform as part of an ensemble or choir. It will also allow young people to take their talent further – this might be through local ensembles, partnerships with nationally funded music organisations, including National portfolio organisations or through involvement in the Music and Dance Scheme.

Music education hubs will build on existing music services. A music education hub will be a collection of organisations working in a local area, to create joined up music education provision for children and young people, both in and out of school.

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