Arts Council England has announced its nationwide network of 122 music education hubs.
The hubs will play a key role in ensuring every child in the country has the opportunity to experience a quality music education and the move will see a significant shift in the way music education is delivered, both in and out of school.
The process will involve schools, professional music organisations, higher and further education institutions and other Arts Council funded organisations working in a local area coming together to create music education provision for children and young people.
The aim is to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to progress to the next level, and play with other children as part of an ensemble or choir.
The 122 new hubs have been brought in to provide significantly improved opportunities for all young people, regardless of where they live.
Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council England said: “The Arts Council’s goal is to make sure that children and young people have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.
“After a robust application process we look forward to working with music education hubs to enhance and develop music education provision across the country. We look forward to seeing the music education hubs become a part of the cultural education offered to children and young people at a local level and a part of the wider cultural landscape.
Schools minister Nick Gibb commented: “All children, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances, should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to play and sing with others.
“I welcome the Art Council’s announcement of the nationwide network of music hubs. They form an integral part of our national plan for music education. Over the coming years, these hubs will help countless children to discover and develop their musical talent.”
Culture minister Ed Vaizey added: “These hubs will mean young people around the country can access high quality music teaching, itself an important and fulfilling part of learning.
“Playing an instrument can enrich students’ lives and perhaps even lead to a career in teaching or performing. The Hubs will help ensure that all young people have the chance to become involved in an activity that is both challenging and highly rewarding.”
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