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Music Hub Investment Programme

Added to website 30/11/2022. Updated 12/06/2024.

Following the publication of the English National Plan for Music Education in June 2022, the Music Hub Investment Programme (administered by Arts Council England) gave organisations the opportunity to apply to become a Hub Lead Organisation from September 2024. We collated resources relating to the Investment Programme here.


Arts Council England publicly announced the new Hub Lead Organisations on 7th May 2024. Find out more about the new Hub Lead Organisations.

The outcome of Music Hub Investment Programme in London – South West and South Yorkshire will be released in July 2024. Find out more about the application process.

Music Mark Support

Our package of support to organisations affected is listed below and will evolve to reflect the needs or our membership.



  • Template Data Sharing Agreement: It is likely that Hub Lead Organisations, music service providers and other key partners will need to share personal data between them. This Template Data Sharing Agreement has been produced by Bates Wells to enable the sharing of personal data in accordance with data protection obligations. Download the Template Data Sharing Agreement and Explanatory Notes.


If there is any additional support that you would like to request, please get in touch with

Music Hub Investment Programme

Read about the Music Hub Investment Programme on the Arts Council England website.


The application deadline for the Music Hub Investment Programme was 12:00 on Thursday 12th October 2023.

On 16th June 2023, Music Mark held a ‘Big Meet’ with members to discuss the latest announcements. Music Mark members can access notes and other resources from this meeting.

Music Mark Support

Music Mark Members were invited to request support in preparing bids to the Music Hub Investment Programme. The three levels of support available were as follows:

  • Consultation with a lawyer from Bates Wells
  • Facilitation led by Åsa Malmsten, Marion Friend or Gary Griffiths
  • Conversation with Bridget Whyte, Gary Griffiths or an existing multi-area Hub lead

Music Hub Geographies

New Music Hub Geographic Areas

On 6th June 2o23, the Department for Education released the new Music Hub geographic areas.

Proposed Music Hub Geographic Areas

On 10th March 2023, the Department for Education shared their expectations for the future Music Hub geographies.

Current Music Education Hub Geographic Areas


The rationale behind the new geographies was updated in March 2023 following feedback from the January consultation.

On 16th March 2023, Music Mark held a ‘Big Meet’ with members to discuss the proposed geography and the latest announcements. Music Mark members can access notes and other resources from this meeting.


Arts Council England began a consultation phase in autumn 2022. Find out more about the consultation phase.

On 10th January 2022, Music Mark published a statement outlining our concerns around the consultation phase. Read the statement.

Music Mark held a consultation with its members to discuss their concerns around the Music Hub Investment Programme. The results of this consultation, including recommendations to take to the Department for Education and the next steps for Music Mark are outlined in a document which Music Mark Members can download here.

About the Provider

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is an arm's length non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Department for Education

The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.

Music Mark

We are a membership organisation, Subject Association, and an Arts Council England Investment Principles Support Organisation (IPSO) advocating for excellent musical learning in and out of school.