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About Dorset Music Education 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 a music education hub is

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 2018 overview provides information on our role as a hub.

How music education hubs are funded

The hubs are funded by the Arts Council on behalf of the Department for Education. The total amount of hub funding from the department for Education in the 2017 to 2018 financial year was £75 million. You can download details of current funding allocations and find out how you can apply for support on the Arts Council England website 

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: