Music hubs (South-West England)

Bristol Plays Music

Bristol Plays Music

+44 (0)117 204 7140

Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, United Kingdom

Bristol Music Trust

South-West England

Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the music education hub for Bristol. We believe in the power of music – to inspire, teach and transform lives. We want to make sure that every young person has access to music education activities and a platform for musical expression. Through work with partners and venues across Bristol, BPM will join up opportunities for teaching, learning and performance in a way that everyone can access. Our goal is to promote local music-making and our city’s rich musical talent.

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Music Education Partnership: North Somerset

+44 (0)1934 426430

Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ, United Kingdom

South-East England

Established in September 2012, the Music Education Partnership: North Somerset (MEP:NS) is the Arts Council England funded body that brings together the work of a family of music and music education providers who can support young people in North Somerset.

It is North Somerset’s ‘Music Education Hub’ charged with delivering the core and extension roles described in the National Plan for Music Education (NPME).

The MEP:NS is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes.
  • Providing opportunities for children and young people to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
  • Ensuring that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
  • Developing a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil is singing regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.
  • Offering Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum.
  • Providing an instrument loan service, with discounts for those on low incomes.
  • Providing access to large scale, high quality music experiences.

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Bath and North East Somerset Music Education Hub (B&NES)

+44 (0)1225 395388

People and Communities, Bath and North East Somerset Council Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JG, United Kingdom

South-West England

B&NES Music Hub is committed to providing pathways of musical excellence enabling young people from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential.

The Hub encourages the highest quality engagement from a range of skilled deliverers, ensuring that financial considerations will not be a barrier to accessing this provision.

B&NES is a partnership made up of strategic local, regional and national music organisations. The hub aims to create a joined up, high-quality programme of music education for children and young people both in and out of school.

The music service is the principle provider of high-quality music experiences for children & young people delivered by a highly trained workforce of music teachers and skilled community musicians. Delivery to young people

Delivery to young people includes:

  • First access programmes
  • Individual, paired, small group instrumental and vocal tuition
  • A full experience and range of ensembles through the 4 area music
  • A full experience and range of ensembles through the 4 area music centres and curriculum enrichment programmes both during and out of school hours.

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Plymouth Music Education Hub

+44 (0)1752 307485

Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth PL6 5UF, United Kingdom

South-West England

Plymouth Music Education Hub (PMEH) comprises a wide range of music organisations working in partnership to provide high-quality music education for the children and young people of Plymouth.

Led by Plymouth Youth Music Service (PYMS), PMEH currently engages over 4000 children and young people in weekly musical activities across the city.

As well as being able to join our traditional ensembles, including bands and orchestras, you can also find about their steel band, guitar groups and our rock and pop activities.

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Wiltshire Music Connect (Music Education Hub)

+44 (0)1225 713991

C/o Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon Wiltshire BA15 1DZ, United Kingdom

South-West England

Wiltshire Music Connect is the Music Education Hub for Wiltshire.

As well as working with schools and music teachers, Wiltshire Music Connect works with a growing group of people involved in a much wider range of music activities, including bands, clubs, groups, promoters, festivals and venues –  with both professional and volunteer musicians and music supporters.

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Torbay Music Education Hub

+44 (0)1803 208917

c/o Torquay Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3DR, United Kingdom

South-West England

Torbay Music Hub inspires and enables a musical journey for every young person in Torbay.

The hub works in partnership with schools, music leaders, and other organisations to support and develop musical opportunities for young people by:

  • Championing and raising awareness of the benefits of making music
  • Network with young people, music providers, and the wider community to remain relevant
  • Offer chances for all young people to make music and to help them find ways to progress
  • Make sure standards are high through accreditation and quality assurance

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Cornwall Music Education Hub

+44 (0)1872 323002

Oceans House, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro TR4 9LD, United Kingdom

South-West England

The Cornwall Music Education Hub (CMEH) is a partnership of music and arts organisations, both local and national, who work together to support quality musical learning for all children and young people in Cornwall.

The Cornwall Music Education Hub does not deliver instrumental tuition but helps children and young people to access to high-quality musical learning through a variety of ways:

  • Support for schools in the form of grants for First Access (introduction to learning an instrument), training and projects
  • Training and support for classroom teachers in Primary and Secondary schools to improve the teaching of music
  • A network of county-level orchestras and choirs
  • Grants for regional youth ensembles
  • Opportunities to perform in large-scale events,  including cluster projects and festivals
  • Opportunities to work with professional musicians from all over the world in workshops and masterclasses
  • Support for schools to develop their own ensembles and choirs
  • Targeted projects for vulnerable groups, including children in care and special schools
  • Subsidies for children on free school meals, children in care and services children
  • Access to a large stock of instruments, including sets for whole classes at a subsidised rate

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Devon Music Education Hub (Babcock LDP)

+44 (0)1392 287235

Devon LDP, Music Service, Sowton EX2 7NL, United Kingdom

South-West England

Devon Music Education Hub is a collaboration between all schools, music teachers, services and practitioners in the County, aiming together to make musical opportunities available, affordable, enjoyable and beneficial to every young person in Devon.

The Hub is led by Babcock LDP Music Service, governed by a board with representatives from many organisations, and includes all schools and providers of musical opportunities for young people in Devon.

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Dorset Music Education Hub

+44 (0)1305 225770

Bovington Middle School, Cologne Road, Bovington, WAREHAM BH20 6NU, United Kingdom

South-West England

The Dorset Music Service is the lead organisation in the Dorset Music Education Hub.

The Dorset Music Education Hub strives to ensure that all children and young people in Dorset have the opportunity to embark, progress and excel on a musical journey.

They encourage children to be creative, collaborative and committed to achieving their best through a range of activities including whole class instrumental learning, workshops, tuition, music ensembles and large scale events.

They expand children’s current music provision and support schools to develop their music teaching to ensure children receive a high-quality experience regardless of their age, background and location.

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Make Music Swindon (Swindon Music Education Hub)

+44 (0)1793 554747

Swindon Music Co-operative Ltd, Suite 16 Shaftesbury Centre, Percy Street, Swindon SN2 2AZ, United Kingdom

South-West England

Swindon Young Musicians offers opportunities for children, young people and adults to join together to make music.

Students work hard together to improve upon skills learned in instrumental lessons and benefit from playing a variety of musical styles. Most groups perform in end-of-term concerts, with some being invited to play at additional events such as festivals and competitions, as well as at community-based concerts and activities.

The value of such teamwork and commitment serves to lay good foundations and useful discipline for future personal development.

Swindon Young Musicians is run under the auspices of the Swindon Music Service with a dedicated team of experienced staff leading many different groups for children and young adults up to the age of 23.

Swindon Music Service moved to the Platform in 2012. After sympathetic refurbishment and the addition of RockPods and a recording studio, it has become an exciting new home for musical activities.


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Sound Foundation Somerset

+44 (0)1823 355329

Music & Arts, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY, United Kingdom

South-West England

Somerset’s Music Education Hub, Sound Foundation Somerset, is one of 123 music education hubs in existence nationally since September 2012.

Sound Foundation is made up of number of partner organisations working collaboratively to provide inspirational, progressive and high-quality music education and experiences.

Our delivery partners are Actiontrack, Folk South West, Jackdaws, Somerset Music, SPAEDA, South West Music School, Taunton Music Trust and The Centre for Young Musicians.

We also have developed close relationships with Bath Spa University, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Wells Cathedral School.

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