What is a music hub?

A hub is characterised by a partnership between organisations working together to ensure that every child aged 5-18 in their area has the opportunity to sing, to learn a musical instrument, to perform as part of an ensemble or choir and to take their talent further.

What is Make Music Swindon?

Make Music Swindon is the borough’s music education hub: bringing together opportunities to make and learn music, and connecting everyone working in music with children and young people in the borough. It’s a network of organisations and individuals across the county, including schools, who want to help more young people learn and make music in Swindon It’s led by the Borough Council, working alongside a small advisory group, and network of partners.

Our ultimate aim is to make sure music education reaches as many children and young people as possible, and helps them not just to make music, but also develop their personal, social and educational skills.

The Hub is a new way of delivering music education. We’re building a collaborative network – involving schools, music organisations and individuals working in music with young people so that we:

  • deliver the core and extension roles set out in the National Plan for Music Education and funded by the Department for Education, based on the needs of schools and young people
  • work in a strategic way, and in partnership, making best use of the resources in the borough – including funding, skills, and knowledge
  • work in a joined up way, co-ordinating and signposting opportunities and progression routes for young people- like lessons, workshops and performances
  • collectively advocate for music education in the borough

The Hub is supported by a small commissioning team responsible for strategy, communications, funding and outcomes. 123 hubs like this one have been created across the UK as part of the Government’s National Plan for Music Education, and are funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England, to deliver the core and extension roles.

How can I get funding from the Hub?

You don’t have to receive funding to be ‘part of’ the Hub. If you’re working with young people in music, you can become part of the Hub by simply signing up to our enewsletter and keeping us informed of what you do.

There is a small amount of funding, assigned through two commissioning rounds per year, which will be announced on this website and elsewhere. But we don’t simply fund organisations to deliver projects: we commission partners to deliver work that helps us fulfil the core and extension roles, and responds to local needs and opportunities. Those partners need to have good track records, and be willing to work as part of the Hub network, whether they receive funding from the Hub or not. We want to encourage individuals and organisations to put young people’s needs, rather than organisational needs, at the centre of what they do. We want – and need – to develop a mixed economy of funding for music work with young people. And we need to ensure music education is embedded in and funded through a range of local agendas.

How do I get involved?

  • If you provide music making/learning services – add your information to TouchBass, our music making and learning search tool, add to your email or press list so we can promote what you’re doing
  • If you’re a school leader:  contact us to ask for a no-obligation visit to discuss your school and pupils’ needs