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Funding announced for Cornwall Music Hub

Young musicians in Cornwall are set to benefit from a share of a £79 million pound funding announcement from the UK Government.  The money from the Department of Education will be used to continue funding Music Education Hubs across the country into 2020-21. 

Led by Cornwall Council, the Hub in Cornwall is made up of over 40 partners and supporting organisations all working together to support music education for young people in Cornwall.  The Hub’s primary role is to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

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Hub Manager at Cornwall Council, Tanya Moore, said: “Cornwall has a rich musical history and we are delighted that this will enable us to continue the work that is happening in Cornwall. We are dedicated to ensuring that children have an opportunity to play in ensembles and perform from an early stage. 

“Studies have shown that learning an instrument can help improve memory skills, hand eye coordination and there are links to improvements in reading and maths.”

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

The funding from the Department of Education is distributed by the Arts Council of England.

Cabinet Member for Children and Well Being, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “I am delighted to see that this funding has now been secured for the next academic year, which will enable the Hub to continue its excellent work. 

“There are some extremely talented young people in Cornwall and the annual concerts and tours are evidence of this. We need to nurture this talent because the additional benefits to a child’s development and learning can be massive.”

Sally concluded: “If you haven’t been to one of their concerts yet, I would encourage you to do so.”

For more information on the Cornwall Music Education hub, please visit: