Annal Nayyar reports on Education Minister Nick Gibb announces £18 million of additional funding to boost music education.

Music education for children will receive an £18 million funding boost Education Minister Nick Gibb announced today (22 July).

The extra £18 million will be allocated to music education, including to the national network of 123 music education hubs established in 2012. This brings the total amount of funding available to music hubs in the next financial year to over £75 million.

The additional money will bring this government’s investment in music education to around £390 million since 2012.

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.

Data published by Arts Council England shows that in the 2012 to 2013 academic year, the first year of music hubs, nearly 80,000 disadvantaged pupils and more than 30,000 pupils with special educational needs took part in instrumental ensembles and choirs, demonstrating the impact of the hubs.

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