Music hubs are funded by a grant from Arts Council England(ACE). £171 million of DfE money has been allocated by ACE nationally from August 2012 – March 2015 and Sound Foundation Somerset was successful with its bid to ACE for approximately £1.6 million across this period.
Sound Foundation Somerset’s core offer services are supported by the ACE grant and can range from completely free of charge for a full term of whole class instrumental tuition at Key Stage 2 to competitive rates for progression activities, participation in ensembles and accessing singing workshops and events.
For example, a class of 30 pupils can continue to receive weekly tuition beyond the free first term for as little as £1.90 per child with free instrumental hire. For £100 a school can join a cluster session for singing, which includes staff training, audio resources and participation for pupils at a Big Sing event locally.
Extension and progression activities are chargeable and cost vary depending on the activity but still represent excellent value for money due to the level of Arts Council England Grant supporting the service.