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Children To Enjoy From £80m DFE Investment In Music Hub


The Department for Education (DFE) has announced an £80m investment by the Government in music hubs to help thousands more children to learn instruments and play in orchestras or choirs.

In addition to the investment, charities that help young people learn about different styles of music will receive a further £1m to support the next generation of musicians.

School Standards minister Nick Gibb announced the multi-million-pound package as part of a series of other cultural education programmes that are set to receive an additional £4m funding boost next year.

Music education hubs are organisations that give pupils access to instruments and support wholes classes to play together.

The curriculum schemes that'll receive a total of £85m for 2020/21 are as follows:

– Music Education Hubs

– In Harmony

– National Youth Music Organisations (NYMOs) and Music for Youth; and

– Cultural education (Heritage Schools, BFI Film Academy, Museums and Schools, ACE Bridge Network, National Youth Dance Company, Saturday Art and Design Clubs).

Nick Gibb, School Standards Minister, says: ‘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.’

Geoff Taylor, chief executive, BPI & BRIT Awards, comments: ‘It’s encouraging to see the Government’s manifesto commitment acted on swiftly, and new funding for hubs and charities that'll help more young people develop their creative and social skills through music.

‘The BPI has highlighted the gulf in music participation between state and private schools, and we will continue to press for further investment to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to develop their musical potential. This is good news with which to start the New Year.’

Hannah Fouracre, director music education, Arts Council England, adds: ‘We’re delighted that this funding from the Department for Education has been confirmed. These programmes support a creative, diverse and inclusive music education for children and young people across England.’