Seven figure grant to fuel regional music hub

Credit: Arts Council England

A new regional music hub is underway for musicians across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Heart of England Music, the newly established Music Hub, will be jointly administered by Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The new initiative is part of a nationwide project to offer music education to every child and young person and to ensure children and young people have the chance to cultivate their musical interests.

Building upon their existing engagement with over 24,000 students weekly and potentially pave the way for careers in the music industry.

The hub will be granted £1.6m from the Department for Education, to sustain music education across each locality and facilitate fresh investment in musical instruments, equipment, and technology specifically catered to the requirements of children and young people in the region, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu, cabinet member for education and skills at Coventry City Council, said: “Music plays a vital role in enriching the lives of young people, and we are delighted that we have over 6,500 children and young people who currently use Coventry Music to enjoy music and develop their skills.

“We are confident that the collaboration with Warwickshire and Solihull will be a positive step forward for music education in the region. We look forward to working with our partners to develop a vibrant and thriving regional music hub that will inspire and nurture the musical talents of future generations.”