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Create Music partner with West Sussex Music on new music education hub for Sussex

Create Music, in partnership with West Sussex Music, have been appointed by Arts Council England to lead the new Sussex Music Hub which will deliver music education and opportunities to every child and school in Sussex

Create Music, part of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival will work with a network of 42 regional and national partners, including Glyndebourne, London Philharmonic Orchestra and local music and arts organisations such as Brighton Early Music Festival, to co-create a Local Plan for Music Education that offers music lessons and performance opportunities to children across Sussex.

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The Sussex Music Hub will employ a targeted approach that responds to the needs of local schools and communities to deliver improved music education to children and young people. The new Hub builds on Create Music and West Sussex Music’s long history of delivering high-quality music education to support a future where children and young people’s lives are forever transformed by the power of music, the value of belonging and opportunities without barriers. 

The £2.6 million funding award is part of a £101 million Music Hub Investment Programme, administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Education, to ensure every child in England has access to high quality music opportunities in and outside of school.

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Peter Chivers, Director of Create Music, said: 

“We are delighted with this result. Create Music have a clear vision for music education in the region and we look forward to working in partnership with West Sussex Music, and our wider network of partners, to help deliver the Department for Education’s National Plan for Music Education, supporting music education and developing new musical opportunities and progression pathways for young people across Sussex.” 

James Underwood, CEO of West Sussex Music, said: 

“The successful outcome of our joint funding bid with Create Music marks an exciting chapter for both our organisations. We have a strong history of collaboration, and I am confident that together we will improve outcomes for even more young people through music.”