Haringey takes the lead with £1.7million music hub for children

Over 200,000 children and young people across North London are set to benefit from top-tier music education as Haringey Council lead an ambitious national initiative set up by the Arts Council England.
Haringey Schools - Royal Albert hall

As the new Hub Lead Organisation, Haringey Council will receive a total of £1,796,756 from the Department for Education.

The funding will go towards coordinating music education in the local area, as well as additional £578,000 to invest in new musical instruments, equipment and technology tailored to the needs of children and young people across Haringey, Barnet, Camden, Enfield and Islington, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Working with over 400 schools across each of the boroughs, students will be offered high quality music education through diverse partnerships between educational, creative and community organisations, in their local communities and throughout the country.

The council’s appointment is part of a major investment in a new generation of the nationwide network of Music Hubs. This investment will help to deliver the Government’s National Plan for Music Education and give all children and young people the opportunity to develop their musical interests as far as they wish, including helping them to begin careers in the music industry.

Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, Cllr Zena Brabazon, said:

Music is wonderful artform which inspires people everywhere. From the youngest age, it plays a powerful role in the growth of young minds, fostering cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.

In Haringey, we are hugely proud of our music service and are delighted to be leading the hub for North London.

This vital funding will go a long way to helping our talented youngsters and we are extremely proud to be leading this national initiative. Working closely with our neighbouring boroughs, we will do everything we can to provide these children and young people with the skills as well as the platform to be the best they can.

Young people are our future.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: 

Music education is enormously powerful – it can enrich young people's lives, help them connect with the people around them, and start them on the pathway to fruitful and fulfilling careers.  We are excited to announce this investment in a new generation of Music Hubs, which will support the brilliant work of our dedicated music teachers across the country, and help bring high-quality music education to even more children and young people in every part of England.

Michelle Walker, London Area Director, Arts Council England, said: 

We're thrilled to be continuing to work with the Department for Education on this refreshed National Plan for Music Education. As part of our revised programme, each of our new London-based Music Hubs will ensure that children in the capital continue to have access to amazing musical equipment and world-class creative opportunities, maintaining London's reputation as a musical trailblazer and nurturing the next generation of the capital’s musicians.

Serving North London is a consortium of five organisations led by Haringey Music Service (HMS). The partnership brings together excellent music services from the London boroughs of Haringey, Camden, Enfield, Islington and Barnet to form a new partnership that will deliver quality music education and opportunities to the region's children and young people. This will include further developing ambitious partnership projects that have been forged between the consortium members with exciting businesses and organisations across North London. 

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