Knowsley Council has been successful in its bid to secure over £585,000 of government funding to become a music education hub.
The funding, totalling £587,089, will commence in September 2012 and run through until March 2015.
The Knowsley Music Education hub is an exciting partnership between the council, schools and leading music organisations. It will endeavour to work with a number of new and established partners including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Aspire Trust, Merseyside Youth Association and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
From September, Knowsley will join a network of 122 education hubs across the country, playing a key role in ensuring that every child, aged between 5 and 18 years, has the opportunity to experience a quality music education.
Over the years, Knowsley has introduced a range of pioneering initiatives to raise awareness and interest in music, and inspire its pupils. These include the development of an exciting programme of first access music tuition in the borough’s primary schools, which resulted in over 3500 pupils receiving free specialist instrumental and vocal tuition each year. Since the initiative began in 2008, over 21,000 Knowsley pupils will have participated in this scheme.
Alongside this, the Music and Performing Arts Service also delivers further instrumental and vocal tuition to 3600 pupils of all ages across Knowsley as well as offering a network of 20 ensembles and choirs for pupils to join with currently 350 pupils taking part each week.
Cllr Graham Wright, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, commented “This is an exciting time in Knowsley. Securing this funding enables us to further extend the enjoyment and music opportunities we are able to offer our young people.”