About Music Hubs
Music Hubs are a key recommendation of the government’s National Plan for Music Education, ‘ The Importance of Music’ which was published in November 2011. The Arts Council states that Hubs “will be a collection of organisations working in a local area, to create joined up music education provision for children and young people, both in and out of school. Music Education Hubs will build on existing music services”.
Who is the Cornwall Music Education Hub and what does it do?
The Cornwall Music Education Hub (CMEH) is a partnership of music and arts organisations, both local and national, who work together to support quality musical learning for all children and young people in Cornwall. The partnership is led by Cornwall Council.
The Cornwall Music Education Hub does not deliver instrumental tuition but helps children and young people to access to high quality musical learning through a variety of ways:
- Support for schools in the form of grants for First Access (introduction to learning an instrument), training and projects
- Training and support for classroom teachers in Primary and Secondary schools to improve the teaching of music
- A network of county level orchestras and choirs
- Grants for regional youth ensembles
- Opportunities to perform in large scale events, including cluster projects and festivals
- Opportunities to work with professional musicians from all over the world in workshops and masterclasses
- Support for schools to develop their own ensembles and choirs
- Targeted projects for vulnerable groups, including children in care and special schools
- Subsidies for children on free school meals, children in care and services children
- Access to a large stock of instruments, including sets for whole classes at a subsidised rate
Visit our YouTube channel to view the short films which we have produced to give an insight into our work:
To celebrate and grow Cornwall’s rich music legacy by shaping an inclusive and dynamic culture which inspires learning, creates aspirational performance opportunities and supports every child and young person to achieve their musical potential.
- Partnership – with mutuality, transparency and effective communication
- Inclusion – ensuring equality for all children and young people, regardless of background or circumstance
- High Quality – through CPD, reflective practice and ongoing monitoring and evaluation
- Respect – for all types of music making, professional and for the choices of children, parents, carers and teachers
- Diversity – recognising and embracing a breadth of music genres
- Responsive – to the needs of children and the wider community
We recognise that music takes place everywhere – both informal and formal venues from youth centres to garages, school practice rooms to village halls.
The Cornwall Music Education Hub partnership has worked together to draw up and agree a set of aims for our Hub. These aims shape the planning of all of our activity and are as follows:
- To ensure that all children and young people have the chance to learn, enjoy and appreciate a wide range of music making opportunities
- To develop children and young people’s broader learning and skills development through music making
- To ensure that all children and young people have access to high quality information, advice and guidance about progression opportunities
- To support children and young people in playing an active role in the musical culture in Cornwall
- To continue to build the skills and expertise of a music education workforce across Cornwall
- To develop and secure partnerships which will ensure a high quality, broad and inclusive offer to children and young people
- To improve equality of access to instruments, music making and performing opportunities regardless of background or circumstance
- To provide a robust, sustainable, vibrant and cohesive music education plan for Cornwall
As a condition of its Arts Council grant, the CMEH is required to deliver four ‘core’ roles:
- First Access - whole class or large group instrumental learning for the minimum of a term for every child aged 5-18
- opportunities to play in ensembles and perform
- clear progression routes which are available and affordable to all young people
- regular singing opportunities including choirs and vocal ensembles for every pupil as a result of a singing strategy
Hubs are expected to obtain additional funding to help them to deliver three ‘extension’ roles:
- CPD for school staff, particularly to help deliver curriculum music, as well as leadership
- an instrument loan service (discounted or free for those on low incomes)
- access to large-scale/high-quality music experiences for pupils via professional musicians/venues – may include publicising opportunities available to schools, parents/carers, pupils.
Impact and Overview Report
We have produced a report which highlights some of the Hub's recent activity, including key statistics in terms of the number of young people and schools with whom we have been working.
Each year the CMEH creates a Delivery Plan of activity and how it plans to fulfill the core Hub roles. This plan is approved by the Hub Strategic Advisory Panel and submitted to Arts Council England
The CMEH receives funding from the Department for Education, via Arts Council England. The funding is in place until March 2020. Funding is released on a quarterly basis upon the submission of satisfactory delivery data and financial information to the Arts Council.
In addition, the CMEH works with partners to co-fund projects and also to apply for external funding for specific projects. Successful joint bids over the last 2 years alone resulted in excess of £2m of funding for local projects and we are continuing to work with our partners to identify new funding opportunities. A number of activities also generate income from ticket sales and membership/delegates fees.
The CMEH also holds the Hub funding for delivery on the Isles of Scilly.
Links for further information:
- The Importance of Music – The National Plan for Music Education