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Music Education Hub Support Programme 2021/2022

In collaboration with Arts Council England, 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 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, Music Education 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

The Partnership Innovation Fund offers the opportunity for partnerships of Music Education Hub lead organisations 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 an organisation’s offer or operation.

We have some remaining funding so are currently open to further applications. To find out more and to apply, please click here.

Find out more about the projects we’ve already supported here.

Talk into Action

As part of Talk into Action – an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) movement for the Music Education sector – the following series of events will support organisations as they work to achieve their EDI goals.


Workforce Development Programme 

Music Mark’s refreshed Workforce Development Programme builds 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: 

Training from Musicians Without Borders

Musicians Without Borders present the methodology behind their work and how this can be used in a music education setting. Click here for more information.

Events Management Training

Join Zoe Coakley, Music Mark’s Conference Manager, for two training sessions covering the basics of event management from planning and production to evaluation. Click here for more information.

Finance Training 

Join Mia Seymour of Aim High Accounts Ltd and Gary Griffiths for a 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. If you missed a session and would find it useful to receive the recordings and resources, please use the links below. Contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

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 offices, senior leaders, and business support teams. We currently have space for more mentees. 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/admin managers 
  • Music hubs/services with CRF grants (next meeting early July to support reporting)
  • Hubs/services with self-employed tutors
  • Instrument hire

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.

Places are still available on this training course. Please click here to book your place.

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. 

This training will next run on 11th May 2022. Please click here to to book your place.

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 offered two Building Your Resilience courses led by Carmel Cardona, founder of Stitch Your Parachute. Over the courses running January-February and February-March 2022, Carmel explained the theoretical underpinnings of resilience, incorporating concepts from neuroscience and post-traumatic growth, and introduced her framework of The Five Pillars of Resilience.

Hub Chairs Network Meetings – Hub Chairs

Hub Chair Network Meetings include a national update from Music Mark as well as time to discuss hot topics, network and share common concerns. If you are a Music Education Hub chair and you would like to attend future meetings, please contact


We are offering one-to-one sessions with expert consultants: Marion Friend, Carmel Cardona, Samantha Stimpson and Gary Griffiths. If you would be interested in booking a mentoring session, please click here.

General support 

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

  • 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 help you to connect with Music Education Hubs across England. 

Other Music Mark colleagues are available to offer support at various levels of general and financial administration as well as with CRMs, marketing, social media and events planning. If this is of interest, please email to discuss further. 

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