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£80m Government funding into music hubs

Further investment by the Government in music hubs sees thousands more children being able to learn instruments and play in orchestras or choirs.

Additionally, charities that help young people learn about different genres of music will next year also receive £1m to support the next generation of musicians.

The opportunity for pupils to enhance their film making skills will also be put forward, the chance to perform on stage or explore museums, as a series of other cultural education programmes receive an extra £4m funding boost next year.

The curriculum schemes that will receive a total of £85 million for 2020/21 are Music Education Hubs, In Harmony, National Youth Music Organisation (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).

Music education hubs are organisations that give pupils access to instruments and encourage whole classes to play together, have developed the tuition of music in schools through subsidised instrument lessons and ensembles.  

Nick Gibb, School Standards Minister, has announced the investments today (Friday 3 January) alongside a manifesto committed to offering an ‘arts premium’ to secondary schools to give young people the prospect of learning new creative skills.

Mr. Gibb said: “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.”

Hannah Fouracre, Director of Music Education, Arts Council England said: “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.”


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