London Borough of Barnet

New Music Hub status opens doors for new funding

Published Thursday 18 October 2012

Barnet Council’s Cabinet Resources Committee last night approved the transfer of the council’s music service into a new stand alone entity.

The new music service would be able to register as a charitable organisation, giving it access to additional sources of funding not currently available.

These extra funds would improve access to music tuition for all children in Barnet schools, regardless of their ability to pay.

Barnet’s Music Service is already highly regarded. This summer Barnet Council was recently identified as a Music Education Hub by Arts Council England.  This status unlocked more than £1 million in funding over a three year period to support music education for children in Barnet.

Under the new arrangement all music service staff would be transferred over with TUPE arrangements to protect their salaries and pensions.

The service will continue to offer high quality instrumental tuition to every child in  Barnet schools  and will also seek charitable funds on behalf of the youth service to support work with vulnerable groups of young people.

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families, said: “Barnet’s music service has built up a first class reputation over the years for the high quality of education it provides young people learning to sing or play an instrument.

“At the moment the council offers free instruction for at least one term in all junior school settings , followed by paid for lessons. We know that reduced household incomes mean fewer families will be able to afford to pay for music lessons in the future, and we are anticipating a 25 per cent reduction in income over the next three years.

“At Barnet Council, we have always acknowledged music as an essential part of life and learning.  By allowing the music service to convert into a charitable company they will be able to tap into new funding which will give every child an opportunity to make the most of what we have to offer here in Barnet.”

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