ISM reaction to ACE Music Hub announcement
Today Arts Council England have announced that new Music Hubs will be in place for children and young people by September 2024.
The Arts Council provided a timeline for the process that starts in January 2023.
In January 2023 they will launch focus groups and an online survey.
The feedback will help to shape the Investment Programme’s guidance for applicants, which will be published in spring 2023.
The application window will open in early summer 2023.
Importantly the Arts Council also confirm that funding for ‘current Hub Lead Organisations will continue until August 2024. The current Financial Year 2022-23 funding agreements will be automatically extended to August 2023, and funding agreements for 2023/24 will be for the academic year September 2023 to August 2024. Funding agreements for the new Music Hub programme will run on academic years from September 2024.’ For more information, please see the Arts Council website.
Commenting, ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said, ‘We welcome today’s announcement and the certainty it brings to Music Hubs and those who work for them to deliver brilliant music education.
‘The speculation on the timeframe and what it might have meant for the future of hubs and their employees has brought concern across the music sector in recent months. The Arts Council’s announcement brings an end to that immediate concern and brings confirmation that funding agreements will be automatically extended to August 2023, and funding agreements for 2023/24 will be for the academic year September 2023 to August 2024. This will allow hubs to plan.
‘The ISM will examine the details of the Investment Programme and play our part in the upcoming process. We will continue to campaign for good jobs and for every student to receive high-quality music education in schools.’