Calderdale Music Hub business plan is fine tuned

COUNCILLORS have given the goahead for a business plan to be drawn up which should save the Calderdale Music Service by converting it into a charitable trust.

The service applied successfuly for a grant worth £720,000 over three years to set up the Calderdale Music Hub.

It will provide better support for GCSE, A-level work and ensembles in schools, community choirs, world music, rock and pop music and support government initiatives.

“The hub will change music provision from a local authority service to a charitable trust limited by guarantee,” said Calderdale Council’s education spokesman Coun Ashley Evans.

The Department for Education says it is investing more than £171 million between August 2012 and March 2015 in a network of music education hubs. They are designed to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument, as well as perform as part of an ensemble or choir.

The trust will be able to bid for further funding from national and other sources, according the head of the music service, Kevin Rivett.