Communities, Local Government and post

Savings to the Education Services Grant 2015-16
Submission from the Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture
The Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Culture welcomes the opportunity to
respond to section 4 of the consultation questionnaire on the funding of music education
4 a) Are there any reasons why local authority expenditure on central support services
could not be significantly reduced, if not stopped altogether? Please give details
The Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture is concerned there is a high risk of local
authorities withdrawing support for music hubs.
The Department for Education consultation notes that “Our expectation is that music
services should now be funded through music education hubs (which can cover one or more
local authority areas) and from school budgets, not from the ESG. More information on
music education hubs can be found on the Arts Council website” (page 22).
This sends a strong if unintentional message to local authorities to withdraw their funding
for music hubs on the basis that hubs can survive on income from the Arts Council, schools
and parents. As we know from annual music hub surveys, this is not the case.
London’s music education hubs rely on local authority income – 79 per cent of London’s
music hubs are supported by their local authority. The majority of music hubs cannot
provide the service set out in the National Music Plan without local authority funding.
We know that London’s music education hubs provide a vital and high quality service to
children and young people, regardless of their social background or ability to pay.
Maintaining this provision relies on several sources of income, one of which is local
authority funding.
London’s music hubs receive 13 per cent of their cash income, and substantially more inkind income, from local authorities. A 13 per cent reduction in funding would be the
equivalent of the London Symphony orchestra losing its entire Arts Council grant.
A sudden loss of local authority income would result in thousands of young Londoners,
particularly those from low income families, being unable to access ongoing music
4 b) If you do not think this could be stopped altogether, how much of a saving
could local authorities make to these services? If cost pressures on central support
services have changed recently, please describe below.
This vital income stream should not be cut off at a time when music hubs are starting to
leverage new funding.
Delivering the bold vision of the National Music Plan requires income from many sources.
However, all sources of music hub income have dropped since 2010. In London, the Greater
London Authority (GLA) and the Mayor’s Music Fund are working in partnership with music
hubs to secure new income and find even more efficient ways of working.
To date the Mayor’s Music Fund has raised over £2.5 million of private funding to support
talented young musicians. However, if local authorities cut their funding for music hubs,
the Mayor’s Music Fund will be at risk because:
o Philanthropists will not support the Fund if they feel that they are simply filling a gap
left by local authorities
o The Mayor’s Music Fund awards scholarships to children from low income families who
have demonstrated genuine talent and commitment. This means that most scholars
require two years of teaching, usually through their music hub, before a scholarship can
be awarded. Without local authority funding, music hubs will struggle to support
children from low income families through to the point of being eligible for a
To ensure that music hubs fulfil their potential, we would encourage the Department for
Education, Arts Council and local authorities to invest in music hub leadership. The GLA
would welcome the opportunity to work with these agencies to develop a high quality
training programme for music hub leaders which helps them to become visionary leaders,
outstanding fundraisers and entrepreneurial business-people.
4 c) Is further clarification or guidance from the Department needed in order to have
a clear set of expectations? If so, why?
Yes – further clarification or guidance is needed.
Given the government’s substantial and valued support for music education, we would ask
that the Department for Education encourages local authorities to support their music
education hub. This will help to ensure that all children have the opportunity to progress as
instrumentalists, singers and composers, beyond the most rudimentary level.
Paul Broadhurst, Senior Cultural Strategy Officer - Music and Cultural Education
Greater London Authority
020 7983 4130