Colwell Arts Centre is now open on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.


If you are a self employed teacher or school looking for support with regards to planning for the forthcoming academic year then please click here.

How schools can get involved in the Hub, and apply for funding

We're developing a range of ways that schools can get involved in the Hub, from applying for funding, to booking a support and consultancy visit; from being part of a working party, to simply receiving our enewsletters.

1. Applying for funding

Make Music Gloucestershire (MMG), the county’s music education hub, is working to achieve the National Plan for Music Education.  This ambitious plan aims by 2020 to ensure 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.  Much of this work is achieved through the school curriculum, supported by a network of music education providers and tutors.

To extend this work further, applications are invited for grants to reach more young people with music and to develop their music education.  The fund aims to increase the money spent on music education and will therefore require evidence of match funding from income, other grants or money raised to support a particular project.  In kind contributions cannot be used as match funding, although may contribute to the overall project.
There are two categories of grants:

  • Grants of  up to £1,000 are available to help schools or community groups to respond to the National Plan by developing out of school activity
  • Grants of up to £5,000 are available to act as match funding towards larger grant applications for projects that contribute to the National Plan by seeking funds from other sources.

Click here (DOC, 174 KB) for full details and application form.


2. Book a support visit

See our FREE music support and advise sessions page for more details.


3. Tell us about your school  

Would you like to know more about what's happening in music education in schools across the county, and to compare your schools' provision with others?  If so, be sure to complete our data questionnaires:

 Primary, Secondary, Special and Alternative Provision Schools.  This is a means of collecting data for and from schools and Hub partners on an annual basis which, in turn, helps us complete our annual Arts Council England Survey. 

This is an annual survey which we aim to complete by mid September. ​ The survey is a requirement for all schools receiving funding or services (eg whole class ensemble teaching) subsidised by Make Music Gloucestershire.

By completing the survey* you’ll help us all – schools, music education providers and the County Council  - to develop opportunities that are relevant and needed. The information you provide will help us to:

  • make information available so you can compare and benchmark your schools provision against schools across the county, and your local cluster (for example, secondaries can find out which exam boards are being used by which schools - see p10 of last year’s report)
  • identify support and improvements needed
  • make the case for future funding
  • report on progress to the Department for Education and Arts Council England

To help you to prepare the information you need,  you can download the word document version of the questions before you start. You can also start the survey and come back to it later.

We hope you’ll take part in this important survey, and thank you in anticipation of your help.

* We respect your privacy - the survey asks if you're willing for your school to be identified in the report, or would prefer to keep your information confidential

Help us improve Make Music Gloucestershire

Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.