London Borough of Barnet

New funding is music to the ears

Published Tuesday 15 May 2012

Ever dreamt of learning to sing or play a musical instrument as a child? Thanks to a new round of funding, this dream could be a reality for all Barnet children.

Barnet Council was recently identified as a Music Education Hub by Arts Council England. This status has unlocked more than £1 million in funding over a three-year period to support music education for children in Barnet.

Music Education Hubs are designed to give all children aged five to 18 access to music teaching regardless of their background. This includes learning to sing and to play a musical instrument.      

The funding allows talented young people to progress their talents through avenues such as local ensembles and music centres. 

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.

“That reputation was endorsed earlier this year by the Institute of Education who asked us to share our expertise with other boroughs.

“To be further identified as a Music Education Hub only serves to further approve what we are doing.

“At Barnet Council, we have always acknowledged music as an essential part of life and learning.  This new funding will enable us to provide even better services and access to music training for all children in our borough. Some of these children could eventually even have real career prospects in music.” 

More than £171 million in funding over three years has been made available for a network of 122 Music Education Hubs identified across the nation by Arts Council England.

Hubs are expected to be fully functional by August this year in order to commence operations by September. 

The Music Education Hubs, implemented by Arts Council England, form part of the Department of Education’s National Plan for Music Education. The plan aims to ensure that all children have proper cultural opportunities in conjunction with their vocational and educational studies. 

Further information on the Barnet Music Service.

Contact Press Officer:  Neha Nagin