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21 May 2024 - Music hubs - Oral evidence

Committee Education Committee
Inquiry Music hubs

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)


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Committee to question Schools Minister on changes to Music Hubs

The Education Committee will hold a one-off evidence session investigating issues facing Music Hubs, which are groups of organisations responsible for facilitating music education in local areas.

Meeting details

At 10:00am: Oral evidence
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Chair of Board of Trustees at Severn Arts
Managing Director at Dynamics Medway
Head at Bolton Music Service
Manager of Music Education at Durham Music Service
At 10:40am: Oral evidence
Work Music hubs (Non-inquiry session)
Chief Executive at Music Mark
National Organiser, Education and Health & Wellbeing at Musicians’ Union
Director of Legal Services at Independent Society of Musicians
At 11:20am: Oral evidence
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Minister of State for Schools at Department for Education
Director for Curriculum and Qualifications at Department for Education

During the session, MPs will hear from the Minister for Schools, Damian Hinds, and experts from within the music education sector, on the Government’s decision to reduce the number of Music Hubs in England, and how this will impact music education.

This decision, part of the Department for Education’s (DfE) Music Hubs Investment Programme, would decrease the number of Hubs from 116 to just 43 - a 63% reduction. Hubs will instead be spread across a wider geographic area, which the DfE argues will improve the consistency of music education.

In the first panel, the cross-party Committee will hear from representatives of organisations running Music Hubs. Questions are likely to explore views on the upcoming changes, their impact on the delivery of music education and the adequacy of funding to reach the DfE’s expectations.

Members will then hear from a panel of national music organisations  about the sector’s response to the Investment Programme and the DfE’s wider plan for music education. Music Hub finances could also be discussed, including the impact of changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

In the final panel, MPs will question Minister Hinds, alongside the Director for Curriculum and Qualifications at the DfE. The Committee is likely to interrogate the Department’s rationale for the reduction of Music Hubs, the Investment Programme’s consultation and selection process and the sector’s concerns about financial difficulties Music Hubs face.

Location

Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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