New ‘North London Music Hub’ to be created with £2.35m government funding

The hub is being led by Haringey Council but will also serve Enfield, Barnet, Islington and Camden boroughs, reports James Cracknell and Kinga Plata

The government is providing a total of £2.35million to help establish a new ‘North London Music Hub’ and “deliver quality music education and opportunities to the region’s children and young people”.

A consortium of five council-run music organisations will be led by Haringey Music Service (HMS) and will see the development of “ambitious partnership projects” with businesses, schools, colleges, universities and cultural organisations across North London.

It will be one of four new music hubs created in London through a total of £12.1m in funding from the Department of Education awarded this week to bring music education to children and young people. 

North London Music Hub will receive £1.7m to spend on music education and £579,000 to invest in musical instruments, equipment and technology. It will work with over 400 schools across each of the five boroughs and will officially launch in September.

Musical activities provided will be tailored towards individual needs of children and may include resources designed for those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Together with other capital music hubs it also plans to work with world class organisations such as Southbank Centre, UD Music or London Symphony Orchestra.

The initiative is part of a larger DfE and Arts Council England project of creating 43 music hubs covering every part of England, with £101mn allocated.

Michelle Walker, London area director at 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.”

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, minister for arts, heritage and libraries, said: “This investment helps to deliver the government’s plan for music education — including £25million for musical instruments so that more children, whatever their background, can enjoy the life-changing benefits of music.

“Whether it’s encouraging young people to pursue a career in our growing creative industries, or simply introducing new generations to the pleasure of music-making, this funding will help to unlock opportunities and nurture talent across the country — and demonstrate, as our national plan does, the power of music to change lives.”

Zena Brabazon, cabinet member for children, schools and families, 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.”

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