Multi-million Pound Culture Boost For Children In Schools

£80 million for music hubs has been agreed by the Government, with further investment in film, dance, theatre and design expected in the coming months.  

Thousands more children will be able to learn instruments and play in orchestras or choirs thanks to a further £80 million investment by the Government in music hubs.

Alongside this investment, charities that help young people learn about different styles of music are also set to receive a further £1 million next year to support the next generation of musicians.

Pupils will also have more opportunities to put their film making skills to the test, explore museums or take to the stage, as a series of other cultural education programmes receive an additional £4 million funding boost next year.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has announced this multi-million pound package today (Friday 3rd January) alongside a manifesto commitment to offer an ‘arts premium’ to secondary schools to allow young people to learn creative skills and widen their horizons.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has 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 sustained 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”, Gibb continued. “Whether your child wants to play for pleasure or to perform on stage, they should have the opportunity to do so.”

The curriculum schemes will receive a total of £85 million 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).

Music education hubs, which are organisations that give pupils access to instruments and support whole classes to play together, have transformed the teaching of music in schools through instrument lessons and ensembles.

These hubs have been supported by £300 million between 2016 and 2020, which forms part of an overall investment of £500 million in the arts during that period, making it the second highest funded element of the curriculum behind PE.

Hannah Fouracre, Director of Music Education for 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.”