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About The Hub

Dorset Music Service is the lead organisation in the Dorset Music Education Hub. We meet all the core and extension roles of the national plan and work with all educational settings in Dorset; providing some of these services across county boundaries.

What is a music education hub?

Music education hubs are groups of organisations who are passionate about delivering excellent music education for children and young people. Music education hubs include schools, from primary to further education institutions to professional music organisations and arts organisations. They work in local areas to bring people together to create joined up music education provision for children and young people. They expect every child to have the opportunity to sing, play instruments, solo and in groups and to be able to take these skills further if they have the talent or inspiration.

A total of 123 music education hubs were established in 2012, in response to the government's 2011 National Plan for Music Education (NPME), to provide access, opportunities and excellence in music education for all children and young people. The DMEH Overview 2017 (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window) provides information on our role as a hub.

How are they funded?

The hubs are funded by the Arts Council on behalf of the Department for Education, they invested more than £171 million of funding between August 2012 and March 2015 in a network of 123 Music education hubs across England. The Department for Education increased this funding in 2015 to deliver music education by £18 million; increasing Dorset funding by 25% for 2015 to 2017.

Music census

All schools in Dorset are asked for data to inform our Annual Return which is required by Arts Council England, our main funder in music provision across Dorset. This information is used to inform our decision making about music provision in Dorset. Please see summary reports from recent returns:

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