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Music hubs to drive music education from 2012

On behalf of the Department for Education, Arts Council England is investing more than £171 million of funding between August 2012 and March 2015 in a network of music education hubs across England. ACE will identify hubs through an open application process, which opened 25 November 2011. Music education hubs will ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, as well as 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. 

Hubs will be expected to form strong partnerships with local authorities, schools, music organisations, practitioners and communities to provide quality music education across the whole country – while delivering better value for money and greater accountability. 

The assessment of applications will look closely at the following areas: 

  • leadership and governance
  • a track record in high quality music education
  • partnership working
  • proposed music education hub delivery
  • value for money

 Applications opened 25 November 2011. The closing date is 17 February 2012 and successful applicants will be announced late April 2012. For more information, visit: