"Music unlocks creativity. It develops children's social skills and their self-confidence"
- Carolyn Baxendale, Head of Bolton Music Service and the GM Music Hub
Arts Council England think that all children and young people across England should have access to the highest quality music education. Their network of 123 Music Education Hubs are working hard to achieve this aim - in partnership with schools and further education institutions, they run all kinds of projects to inspire young people through music. The film below records just a few of these projects, as well as the effect on the young people who take part.
Music hubs were set up in 2012 as part of the National Plan for Music Education. In their first year the hubs gave nearly half a million children the opportunity to learn an instrument for the first time as well as working with almost 15,000 school choirs, orchestras and bands.
-- Read "Hug a hub: music education heralds a new era of partnership"on the Guardian
-- Read "Good news for music education... but the fight must go on"on the Guardian
-- Read "Don’t stop the music – children need a proper arts education" on the Guardian