Great news! The government has announced that it will spend £300m on music education hubs over the next four years, maintaining current levels of central investment.
The funding, which will continue to be administered by Arts Council England, will support the hubs’ work with schools, local authorities and community organisations. £75m had already been announced for the current year.
Our Team Leader, Dan Somogyi says: ‘This is great news for young people, schools and the music education sector as a whole, and the Government should be congratulated for committing a significant amount of new resources for the period 2017-20. It gives music education hubs and their partners a mandate to start planning long term initiatives which could make a real difference to music education for young people over a three year period.
However, there is still a degree of uncertainty regarding the nature and terms of the latter two years of the funding settlement (for the 2018-20 period). We would therefore urge DfE and Arts Council to clarify the procedure and conditions for this period as soon as possible, so that music education hubs can develop their plans accordingly and with some certainty.’
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