Music education for children is to be granted an £18 million funding boost, Education Minister Nick Gibb has recently announced.
The extra £18 million will be allocated to music education, including to the national network of 123 music education hubs established in 2012. This brings the total amount of funding available to music hubs in the next financial year to over £75 million.
The additional money will bring investment in music education to around £390 million since 2012.
Music hubs were set up in 2012 as part of the National Plan for Music Education. In their first year the hubs gave nearly half a million children the opportunity to learn an instrument for the first time as well as working with almost 15,000 school choirs, orchestras and bands.
Data published by Arts Council England shows that in the 2012 to 2013 academic year, the first year of music hubs, nearly 80,000 disadvantaged pupils and more than 30,000 pupils with special educational needs took part in instrumental ensembles and choirs, demonstrating the impact of the hubs.
The Education Minister said: “No education can be complete without the arts and music playing a central role. That is why we established music hubs to replace a patchy service and ensure every child is given the opportunity to learn an instrument.
“Music remains a statutory subject in the new national curriculum and we have reformed it to broaden pupils’ experiences and make it more aspirational. We’ve also seen more entries at GCSE in 2014 than the previous year, reflecting our ambition to give every child the opportunity to play and enjoy music.”
Darren Henley Managing Director of Classic FM who developed the National Plan for Music Education, said: “This is great news. Music can have a huge impact on a child’s life, nurturing creative thinking and opening them up to new experiences.
“I’m delighted the Department of Education is now spending even more in this vital area. Music hubs have already helped hundreds of thousands of children try a musical instrument, sing or join a choir or orchestra.
“This new funding will help them give even more young people from all backgrounds the chance to appreciate all the joys music can bring.
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