What is Make Music Gloucestershire?
Make Music Gloucestershire (MMG) is the county’s music education hub. We’re a network of schools, individuals and organisations working together to make sure music education reaches as many children and young people as possible, and makes a difference to their lives and futures.
We represent schools, music education organisations, community musicians, music leaders, and others. Together, as a hub, we create, promote and fund opportunities for young people to make and learn music in response to recommendations in the Government's National Plan for Music Education; work together to improve and develop the quality of music education and champion music education.
Who leads and funds the hub?
MMG is led by the County Council which receives a grant from the Department for Education (DfE) administered through Arts Council England (ACE) to fund the work of the Hub around four core and three extension roles. It commissions activity in line with these and with the priorities set out in the National Plan for Music Education.
A group of key partners (music education organisations and schools representatives) is responsible for strategy, communications, and outcomes; and an advisory group advises on overall strategy and direction.
What do you actually do?
Since 2012, the government has been changing the way that music education is delivered outside (but in support of) the schools curriculum. The idea is that no single organisation can deliver everything a young person might want/need from music, but by working together - in hubs - they can make it easier for young people to find the music pathway that’s right for them. Together, we:
- deliver music activities in and out of schools around the core and extension roles
- work in a strategic way, and in partnership, making best use of the funding, skills, and knowledge in the county. In keeping with the Council’s approach to commissioning, we commission by understanding needs, planning, delivering and then monitoring and evaluating the outcomes.
- support schools including leadership teams and those responsible for music, to deliver and develop music in their school through CPD, funding and partnership working
- support music education providers - organisations, community musicians, music leaders and others to deliver and develop their music work with young people - through CPD, funding and partnership working
- work in a joined up way, co-ordinating and signposting opportunities and progression routes for young people- like lessons, workshops and performances
- collectively advocate for music education in the county, including increasing understanding of the wider personal and social outcomes that come from music.
The Hub is helping us all to focus our thinking not on ‘what we deliver’ or ‘what funding can we get?’ but ‘what do children and young people want and need?’, ‘who is missing out?’ and ‘how can we reach them?’.