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Leicestershire Music appointed
Music Hub Lead Partner for
Leicester & Leicestershire

7th May 2024 – Leicestershire Music has been appointed by Arts Council England to lead the Leicestershire Music Hub from September 2024, as part of an ambitious national programme to provide high-quality music education for all children and young people.

As the new Hub Lead Organisation for the Leicester and Leicestershire region, Leicestershire Music will continue to receive a grant from the Department for Education and coordinate music education in the local area. There will also be an investment in new resources and technology tailored to the needs of children and young people in the local area, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Leicestershire Music will deliver high quality music education accessible to all children and young people through diverse partnerships between educational, creative and community organisations, in their local communities and throughout the country.

Leicestershire Music's appointment is part of a major investment in a new generation of the nationwide network of Music Hubs. This investment will help to deliver the Government's National Plan for Music Education and give all children and young people the opportunity to develop their musical interests as far as they wish, including helping them to begin careers in the music industry.

Quotes & Testimonials

Chris Bale & Sharon Jagdev Powell – Interim Heads, Leicestershire Music

We are delighted that Leicestershire Music has successfully bid to remain Lead Partner of Leicestershire Music Hub. This will allow us to continue working towards the three strategic aims for Music Hub Partnerships as set out in the National Plan for Music Education).

We are looking forward to continuing to work with and developing new relationships with Schools and Partners to help support Young People's music making in Leicester & Leicestershire, and are thankful for all the support we receive.

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Natalie Whyte, Chair – Leicestershire Music Hub Board

We are honoured and grateful for the opportunity to continue as the Lead Hub Organisation for Leicester and Leicestershire. We extend our deepest appreciation to the entire team at Leicestershire Music for their dedication and hard work in laying the foundation for this new chapter.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England,

Music education is enormously powerful – it can enrich young people's lives, help them connect with the people around them, and start them on the pathway to fruitful and fulfilling careers. We are excited to announce this investment in a new generation of Music Hubs, which will support the brilliant work of our dedicated music teachers across the country, and help bring high-quality music education to even more children and young people in every part of England.

Peter Knott - Midlands Area Director, Arts Council England,

We can all relate to the importance of music in our lives, and the Arts Council welcomes the Department for Education's continuing support for music education and the role it plays in the lives of children and young people. The Arts Council's ambition is for every child to be inspired by the arts. This funding will support the new generation of Music Hubs to build on the great work of the programme to offer children across the Midlands opportunities to take part in musical activities, including learning an instrument, singing or exploring how music is created and produced.

Beth Clements – Leicestershire County Council Inclusion Manager (Education Quality & Inclusion)

Leicestershire Music are delighted to be awarded Hub Lead Organisation status. The funding will enable us to continue with our work with children across the City and County in ensuring that children and young people have access to quality music education, giving them the chance to participate and progress. We can further develop our offer to schools, whether that be through upskilling teaching staff or delivering provision directly to children. Our out of school provision will also benefit, giving children and young people the opportunity to take part in different ensembles, music activities and public performances. Leicestershire Music have ensured that children and young people at the heart of everything we do and we strive share the joy of music with all children and young people.

Jon1st DJ - Producer – World DMC Champion

I've been working with Leicestershire Music for the last 4 years on a number of projects that include music technology and turntablism creative work. Leicestershire Music provide diverse experiences for students in a wide variety of genres and fusions to make music education fun and accessible with a wonderful staff team. A really wonderful environment to be involved in!

Richard J Hallam MBE. National Music Participation Director (retired). Alumni

Leicestershire Music has successfully supported the musical and personal development of young people and their families for over 75 years. Countless people's lives have been enriched, internationally as well as within the UK, as a result of its work, my own included. Leicestershire Music continues to evolve, celebrating access for all and excellence for those who wish to pursue a music related career.

John F Smith OBE. Chair - PPL, President, International Federation of Musicians (FIM), Former General Secretary, Musician' Union. Alumni

I am delighted to hear that Leicestershire Music has been successful in its bid to become the lead organisation in the Leicestershire Music Hub. Throughout its long history it has supported and encouraged participation of young people to make music at the highest level. It had a massive influence on my life, and I have fond memories my days in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. I hope that future generations will benefit as I, and countless others have from the high level of tuition and musical activity provided in Leicestershire.

Richard Shrewsbury – Head of Learning & Participation, Associate Professor, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire are proud to be a strategic partner of Leicestershire Music. Leicestershire Music are committed to exploring and providing innovative and high-quality opportunities for the next generations of young musicians from diverse backgrounds, and we are committed to joining them on this exciting journey.

Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let's Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

More information about Music Hubs can be found on the Arts Council England (ACE) site.

More information about Arts Council England can be found on their main website -


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  • Music And Culture
  • LCC 2