The Music Hub led by Kent Music has a range of responsibilities in line with the National Plan for Music Education which was published in June 2022 by the Department for Education. Music Education Hubs receive a grant from the Department for Education (DfE) which is administered by Arts Council England.
What are Funded Opportunities for schools?
We are proud to be able to bring Funded Opportunities to schools across Kent. The system in place has been designed to bring a relevant and supportive offer to schools as well as long term positive effects for music education throughout the county. This includes:
- More relationship building between schools, partners and music organisations
- Greater accountability from Kent Music on the use of DfE funds
- The ability to funnel support into the relevant services we know schools need
- Working more closely with schools and partners allows Kent Music to be more aware of and respond to schools’ needs
Our Funded Opportunities have been designed to offer schools:
- A wider choice of options to support music making in schools
- More flexibility to choose what you need for the pupils in your school
- Opportunities to access curriculum development support through our Bespoke Support offer
- Less administration where possible!
What’s on offer?
More information about each funded opportunity can be found at the links further down this page.
How do I get access to Funded Opportunities?
In order to access funded opportunities, schools must fill in both a short application form, and the annual Schools Survey in the summer term before they wish to access it. Applications for 2023-24 academic year will be available to schools from 17th April 2023.
Completing your brief application form will inform Kent Music of your intentions for funded opportunities in the upcoming academic year, for example to engage an ensemble leader or access bespoke support. Meanwhile, completing the Schools Survey will confirm your eligibility for accessing funded opportunities.
The application form will emailed to schools and available on the website in the summer term. The survey will be emailed directly to schools. It is a school’s responsibility to inform Kent Music of any changes in personnel, or changes being made to contact email addresses during this period to ensure they receive up to date information.
Schools will be informed of the outcome of their applications at the end of the summer term ahead of the summer break.
Applications for funded opportunities for 2023-24 will open in the summer term.
All schools who complete an application and the annual schools survey will be contacted before the end of the academic year to inform them of their funded opportunity. If you have any questions related to your application for funded opportunity or the annual schools survey please contact email@example.com
Full details of the funded opportunities on offer please head to the relevant pages below. You can also read our FAQs and Terms & Conditions document.
Answering your questions about Kent Music Funded opportunities
How will Kent Music support schools?
Our offer of Funded Opportunities for schools will give you access to bespoke support, MusicPlus, ensemble provision, routes to continuation or access to high-quality music education resource Sing Up! You will opt into this offer which will help us to have greater accountability over how the budget for schools is used.
Where can I find the Terms & Conditions for Funded Opportunities?
You can find full T&Cs for our Funded opportunities on our website at the buttons below.
If we are no longer receiving money directly, are we being penalised for delivering music?
No. Our offer is designed to support schools across the county to deliver high-quality music education.
Whilst we may not be funding your school directly (except in certain circumstances) you will continue to have access to the KS2 MusicPlus offer, your allocated funding amount will be directly paid to your provider depending on who you use.
Will we still be able to buy equipment with the funding?
No. As per our T&Cs for mainstream schools the funding has never been intended for schools to purchase equipment like instruments and sheet music with the exception of financial year 21/22. This year was an exception due to circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
As with other national curriculum and core subjects, schools are tasked with providing the relevant resources that they need to deliver a curriculum.
When will we be able to access Funded Opportunities?
Schools are asked to apply during the summer term to receive a Funded Opportunity for the following academic year.
We would like to use our Funded Opportunity to support students to access 1-1 tuition. How do I do this?
We have a financial assistance programme which can be accessed by pupils to help them pay for 1-1 or small group lessons. The financial assistance budget is separate from our budget for schools. More information on our Financial Assistance can be found by clicking here.
Many schools use their pupil premium funds to help pupils access music lessons. As per our T&Cs, school funding has never been intended to pay for subsidised tuition.
What if I still want to provide MusicPlus?
You can still access MusicPlus in the same way as before, but your choice of provider will determine if you receive direct funding for your provision. Where you have a delivery partner in place to provide your MusicPlus provision your funding amount will be directed straight to them. You will be advised if this is the case for you.
What do I do if Kent Music delivers my MusicPlus programme?
You will be required to apply in the summer term for MusicPlus provision through Kent Music for the following academic year.
What should I do if a music organisation other than Kent Music delivers my MusicPlus?
You would include this information in your application so we know how to fund your school. If your delivery organisation is not a partner provider we will continue to directly fund the school.
How do I know if who delivers our provision works for a music provider?
You will need to ask the teacher if they are an independent peripatetic teacher and self employed or if they are working for a music provider and have been assigned to your school.
Can a classroom teacher or teaching assistant from our school deliver our MusicPlus?
Yes. Classroom teachers or TAs who are competent musicians able to deliver high-quality provision can deliver your project. We cannot fund these teachers for the provision, but your school is able to select a different funded opportunity in these cases.
Bespoke Support FAQs
How do I get bespoke support from Kent Music?
You can apply for bespoke support through Funded Opportunities or your school can buy bespoke support if you have selected a different funded opportunity.
I opted for Bespoke Support but didn’t get it. What happens now?
We have limited spaces for Bespoke Support each academic year, this is to ensure we can work with schools 1-1 and provide detailed support and regular visits to the schools that have signed up. We allocate spaces on a first come first served basis. If spaces are full you will be asked to select a different option.
Sing Up! FAQs
We already have Sing Up! how will it work if we pick this as a Funded Opportunity?
Once your current membership comes to an end your renewal will be free for a year! Let us know and we can sort this for you.
We have a different online resource, can we get that instead?
No. As part of our partnership with Sing Up! we are only offering their membership as part of Funded opportunities. We believe their resources are of a high-quality and can provide all schools will a multitude of options for support.
Why have you chosen to partner with Sing Up?
Sing Up! vision and ethos aligns with ours, and we believe that a strong foundation in singing can provide pupils with outstanding opportunities for musical learning. Their resources are brilliant and can be used across the whole school, including your curriculum teaching.
Ensemble Leader FAQs
An instrumental teacher delivers our ensemble, is this allowed?
Yes. Using your funded opportunity to support an ensemble leader in school is allowed. If the ensemble leader is not from a music provider and is self employed your school will be funded directly.
I am the music teacher in our school, can I be funded to deliver an ensemble?
No. As part of our terms and conditions for an ensemble to be funded it cannot be led by a classroom teacher, school teacher or TA.
We are a primary school who hires a musician to solely deliver music and ensembles, can we use the funding to support this?
Yes. Where you hire someone specifically to run an ensemble or music provision your funding can contribute towards these costs.
We run more than one ensemble, can you fund more than one?
We try to fund as many ensembles across the county as possible. We ask secondary schools to make an application for what they need but we cannot guarantee we can match this.
About Schools Survey
Kent Music commissions an annual survey for all schools in Kent. The purpose of this survey is to collect information about musical activities and provision that took place in the academic year 2022-23. The completion of this survey means that schools become eligible to receive funded opportunities from Kent Music for academic year 2023-24.
The 2022-23 Schools Survey will open in the summer term.
More information can be found on the Schools Survey webpage.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the team with any questions not covered on this page or in the FAQs in the booklet. You can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about receiving access to Sing Up as your Funded Opportunity!
Fund out more about how your can run an ensemble through our Funded Opportunities programme
Find out more about how we can help develop music in your school
Find out more about our KS2 whole class teaching offer, MusicPlus.