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.

Every Music Education Hub is expected:

  • To support schools and other education settings to deliver high-quality music education
  • To support young people to further develop their musical interests and talent, including into employment
  • To support all children and young people to engage with a range of musical opportunities in and out of school

Aditionally Hub Lead Organisations have responsiblity for five strategic functions which describe how the Hub Lead Organisation will deliver its local plan for music education:

  • Partnership
  • Schools
  • Progression and Musical Development
  • Inclusion
  • Sustainability

New Music Hub Geographies

From September 2024, ACE plan to reduce the number of Hub Lead Organisations nationally from 116 to 43. York Music Hub has been working closely with North Yorkshire Music Hub to prepare for this change. Please see the attached letter to stakeholders.


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.

Reports from our board of trustees and annual accounting can be found here.

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


In partnership with organisations and schools in the city, York Music Hub 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 support a range of groups and ensembles, one-off events and festivals, and work with partners to provide free access to music education opportunities to children and young people who would otherwise face financial barriers to progressing their music making. 

As a condition of funding the Arts Council requires the Hub to maintain a Local Plan for Music Education (LPME). This document describes how the hub will fulfil the three vision aims listed above and the following five strategic functions:

  • Partnership
  • Schools
  • Progression and Musical Development
  • Inclusion
  • Sustainability

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