About York Music Hub


The York Music Hub is a strong, inclusive partnership of key providers of music education within the city of York. It was established to provide and sustain musical diversity and excellence and to enhance the education, life experience and self confidence of children and young people through music making.

The Hub is only as good as its partners, all of whom, in a variety of different ways, inspire, improve and enhance the lives of young people. The role of the Hub is to support, commission, enable and showcase their work. We believe that, by working together, combining and pooling experience and expertise, we are more likely to achieve our shared goals.

FUNDED BY THE Department for Education

We are funded by the Department for Education and managed by the Arts Council England (ACE). The York Hub is part of a national network of music education hubs working with more than a million children and young people. Our grant from the Arts Council is conditional upon the delivery of the National Plan for Music Education which was established so that children from all backgrounds and every part of England should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to make music with others, to learn to sing, and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence if they wish to.

The Plan identifies Core and Extension roles which, in York, are delivered by the Music Hub and its partner provider, York Arts Education (YAE), working together in a partnership governed by Service Level Agreement.

The ‘Core’ responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure that every child aged five to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes.
  • Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil is singing regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.

In addition to this, there are three ‘Extension’ roles which are to:

  • Offer Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to school staff, particularly in supporting schools to deliver music in the curriculum
  • Provide an instrument loan service,
  • Provide access to large scale and/or high quality music experiences for pupils, working with professional musicians and/or venues.


York Music Hub is an independent charity, or Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), regulated by the Charities Commission. The annual reports to the Charities Commission are available below. Our work is governed by a constitution which is a legal document and by our ‘Terms of Reference’, which describe how it all works in practice.

Charity Commission 2018 Report

Charity Commission 2019 Report

Our vision for music education in York is captured in the constitution. Our purpose is to:

  • Develop sustainable, high quality, diverse and accessible musical experiences to enable all children and young people in York to have at least some experience of making music, and the opportunity to develop their skills further if they wish to;
  • Enhance the education, life experiences and self-confidence of all children and young people through music within and beyond their school experience;
  • Foster a life-long love of music for all;
  • Work with partners in promoting a varied range of music opportunities for children and young people.


The Hub is governed by a Board of Trustees:

The Board is advised by an Advisory Panel, comprised of representatives of providers and stakeholders including schools, music tutors and music organisations in the city.

The Board appoints officers with front line responsibility for delivering the work of the Hub:


Our partnership aims to create the very best opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music making. Our role is to ensure that routes exist for every child to take their music to the highest level they want to, (regardless of race, gender, background, educational need or disability). In order to do this we have groups and ensembles, some that are run by our lead organisation and others that we support externally.

As a condition of funding the Arts Council requires the Hub to maintain a Business Plan, a School Music Education Plan, and a Singing Strategy. 

The Business Plan identifies 6 priorities for the year 2020-2021, which are:

  • Engagement (To involve more children and young people in making and enjoying music)
  • Quality (To raise standards and improve the quality of music making in the city and to maintain a high level of safeguarding)
  • Performance (To provide more opportunities for performance to showcase talent and reach a wider audience)
  • Support for providers (To develop a more widely understood package of support for schools and other providers in the city)
  • Signposting and advocacy (To increase awareness of the Music Hub and its role in promoting music education in the city)
  • Strategic vision and fundraising (To gather and use data more effectively to improve needs analysis, shape strategy and inform planning)

Because of the Covid-19 crisis, the Hub has produced an addendum to the Business Plan, which is also available here.