Ministers pledge to target Opportunity Areas as £300m music funding is confirmed

The national network of 121 music education hubs are to continue to receive around £75 million a year in funding until 2020, ministers have confirmed.

The area-wide music hubs are local partnerships between schools, music providers and others aimed at helping young people aged from five to 18 to access music tuition and activities. They were set up after being proposed in the DfE’s 2011 National Plan for Music Education.

The Department for Education (DfE) revealed the funding continuation last week, announcing that £300 million was to be invested – although this figure includes £75 million in funding for this year that had already been announced by ministers.

The DfE said it would be working to ensure that the new funding “particularly benefits” children in the first six so-called Opportunity Areas – Somerset, Norwich, Blackpool, Scarborough, Derby and Oldham.

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