Published in November 2011 jointly by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS),
The Importance of Music the first ever National Plan for Music Education, is part of the Government’s aim to ensure that all pupils have rich cultural opportunities alongside their academic and vocational studies.
Since August 2012 music education has been provided by Music Education Hubs.
Building on the work of existing local authority music services, music education hubs are partnerships of organisations working in a local area to create joined-up music education provision for children and young people, both in and out of school.
Hubs are required to work closely and collaboratively with all schools in the area, both in terms of delivering services to pupils as well as advocating the importance of music education to school leaders.
Hubs are required to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, to perform as part of an ensemble or choir, and also to support young people in taking their musical interests further.
Each hub has a lead organisation responsible for co-ordinating its work.
Following a competitive national bidding process Suffolk County Music Service was appointed the 'lead organisation' for the Suffolk local authority area and is now collaborating with a range of partners to create, deliver and signpost a joined-up music education provision for Suffolk children and young people, both in and out of school.