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Music Education Hub Support Programme 2021-22

In collaboration with the Arts Council, Department for Education, and Sound Connections, Music Mark is delighted to offer an enhanced variety of training and resources to help support the development of Music Education Hubs. Through the two programmes – Underpinning Hubs for the Future and the Workforce Development Programme – we hope to offer flexible, needs-based opportunities for both organisations and individual colleagues to help rebuild and develop following the Covid-19 pandemic. We are excited to work with Music Education Hub colleagues to design and develop these programmes to best fit the needs of the sector.


Underpinning Hubs for the Future 

Delivered by Music Mark, Hubs will be offered a range of additional advice, support, training, and resources to support organisational development and strategy. These sessions will be developed in response to the trends highlighted in the Consultancy Conversations and will encourage innovation and sharing of good practice across the sector. 

Partnership Innovation Fund

As well as the training and resources, Music Mark have launched their Partnership Innovation Fund. This fund will offer partnerships of Music Education Hub lead organisations and Music Services are invited to apply for funding towards innovative projects in which they work together to contribute to stabilisation and recovery in the wake of Covid-19.  Ideas may relate directly to current challenges or circumstances but we are also interested in seeing projects that may have impact in the longer term, or which lead to lasting changes in your offer or operation. 

Phase two of the Partnership Innovation Fund is now open for applications. More information on the funding  and submitting an application can be found here.

Find out more about the phase one projects here. 


Workforce Development Programme 

Music Mark’s refreshed Workforce Development Programme will build on the professional development support offered in previous years, working with leaders, emerging leaders, business teams, and chairs. The programme is constantly evolving and all up to date information can be found here. 

Current and ongoing opportunities include: 

Finance Training 

Join Mia Seymour, Aim High Accounts Ltd and Gary Griffiths, Music Mark for our series of fully subsidised finance training sessions. These sessions are aimed at a variety of individuals  from your organisation but can be attended by anyone who would find the content interesting and helpful. Each session will be held as a Zoom meeting and will allow plenty of time for Q&A from attendees.

Finance training for emerging leaders and business support teams:

Finance training for senior leaders and business managers:

Mentoring programme – All staff 

This is aimed at Music Education Hub lead officer and senior leaders. We will be broadening this to business support teams too in the coming weeks and months. Find out more. 

Peer-to-peer learning – All Staff 

A series of online peer discussion groups and pairings on current hot topics for Music Education Hubs. Sessions will be led by experienced facilitators and based on current need. We will continue to release more information on topics and groupings as they are created but if you have requests for specific topics to discuss, please do complete the peer learning expression of interest form HERE. 

Peer networks – All Staff

We also have a number of peer network groups which offer the opportunity for individuals to network with colleagues in similar roles across the country. The availability and range of groups is always evolving so please do get in touch if you would be interested in starting an additional group. Please email if you would like to join one of the groups below:

  • New heads of service (Music Education Hub lead officers) 
  • Senior leaders 
  • Business managers 
  • Music services/Hubs with CRF grants (next meeting early July to support reporting)

Six Dimensions of Leadership – Emerging Leaders 

The 6 Dimensions of Leadership is a virtual professional development programme for Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders and Aspiring Leaders within Music Services and Music Hubs. The programme comprises of 6 modules, with each module consisting of two 3-hour online workshops.  Each module and workshop has been specifically designed around developing an inquiry-approach into effective organisational leadership. 

New course starting November 2021  more information coming soon.

Difficult Conversations – All Staff 

Instigating a difficult conversation can feel daunting and there is a natural tendency for managers to delay taking action in the hopes that the issue will be resolved without their intervention. But this is rarely the case. This 2-hour online workshop will look to address a range of issues around facilitating a difficult professional conversation. 

Sessions happening on 2nd February 2022 and 11th May 2022.

Building your Personal and Professional Resilience – All Staff 

After the events of 2020 and their profound impact on the sector, the ability to understand and nurture our own personal and professional resilience is especially vital. Following a webinar in June 2021, we are offering a Building Your Resilience course led by Carmel Cardona, founder of Stitch Your Parachute. Over six weekly sessions in January – February 2022, Carmel will explain the theoretical underpinnings of resilience, incorporating concepts from neuroscience and post-traumatic growth, and introduce her framework of The Five Pillars of Resilience.

Find out more and book here. 

Hub Chairs Network Meetings – Hub Chairs

Join Music Mark’s CEO, Bridget Whyte for the first in a series of Hub Chair Network Meetings. This hour long meeting will provide individuals with the opportunity to meet other Music Education Hub chairs from across the country. This Zoom meeting will include a national update from Music Mark plus plenty of time to discuss key hot topics, network and share common concerns.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th July from 4-5pm and you can book to attend here 

General support 

Gary Griffiths is available to provide 1:1 support in a variety of areas. He has over 20 years’ experience of managing music services and Music Education Hubs: 

  • Business planning 
  • Organisational change and restructuring 
  • The interface between Local Authority finances and the Arts Council 
  • Grantium 
  • Health & Safety (IOSH trained), especially Covid-19 
  • HR: pensions, TUPE, IR35, Parental leave 
  • HR: investigations (disciplinary, safeguarding, grievances) 
  • Writing trustee and staff handbooks 
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills 

He is also happy to be a sounding board and/or a critical friend and can make links with other Music Education Hubs from Northumberland to Cornwall. 

As well as Gary’s time, other Music Mark colleagues are available to support at various levels of general and financial administration, CRMs, marketing, social media and event planning. If this is of interest, please get in touch with to discuss further. 

Additional plans in development: 
Fundraising training 

We are currently working on a programme of support with Cause4. More information on this will be coming soon.

This programme is evolving so please do get in touch if you have any thoughts on training or support which would be particularly useful – 

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