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For guidance on your funding during the pandemic, along with information and FAQs on our services, please refer to our dedicated Schools Covid-19 guidance page.

The Music Education Hub led by Kent Music has a range of responsibilities in line with the National Plan for Music Education published in November 2011 by the Department for Education. Music Education Hubs receive a grant from the Department for Education (DfE) which is administered by Arts Council England. In turn, some of this funding is distributed directly to schools so that music education opportunities, as listed in our funding terms and conditions, can take place.

Read the full Funding Terms, Conditions and Guidelines 2020-21 here.

This funding is intended for use in state schools only.

In order for state schools to qualify for this funding, a complete submission of our annual survey is required. Non completion of this survey will result in funding not being administered or withheld.

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The 2019/2020 Kent Music Schools Survey was live between and 1st and 26th June 2020.

A completed survey from a school gives access to funds for Music Education for the Financial year 20/21. Your next opportunity to access the funding will be through completion of the 2020/21 annual survey which will be live in May/June 2021.

For more information on this please email cbaines@kent-music.com.

COVID-19 impact on funding for schools

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic Kent Music stopped direct funding in the light of school closures. Payments resumed again to eligible schools in September 2020 and will continue where applicable until March 2020. Eligible SEND schools have continued to receive their allocations as normal.

Funding Usage for the academic year 2020/21

Key Stage 1
Funding is a contribution towards the cost of a KS1 music curriculum. It is calculated at £2.50 per KS1 pupil (based on 2017 KCC census figures) with a minimum of £100 per school. Funding for Key Stage 1 is paid directly to schools providing KS1 music teaching on the 20th of each month. Due to the national closure of schools this funding will now only be paid between September 2020 and March 2021.

The money should be used to:

  • enable schools to run early years programmes led by suitably skilled music practitioners
  • buy appropriate KS1 resources

All funding should be used with a long-term investment in mind and NOT to pay for one-off events.

Key Stage 2
Funding is a contribution towards the cost of one KS2 year group receiving up to an academic year of Whole Class music teaching. This funded whole class offer is called MusicPlus. It is calculated at £6.00 per KS2 pupil (based on 2017 census figures) with a minimum of £600 per school (£500 minimum for SEN/D schools).

If you provide a MusicPlus offer in one year group in your school and you have completed the annual survey, you will receive funding. This MusicPlus, as it is funded, is subject to the Kent Music Quality Assurance process.

Funding for Key Stage 2 is paid on the 20th of each month between September and March either:

  • Directly to the school
  • To an accredited agency ie: Kent Music. If you choose a Kent Music teacher you will not receive this funding directly.

Key Stage 3/4
Funding is a contribution towards the cost of music education in secondary schools. Our terms and conditions state what this funding should be used for.

It is calculated at £2.50 per KS3/4 pupil (based on 2017 census figures). Funding for Key Stage 3/4 is paid directly to secondary schools on the 20th of each month. Due to the national closure of schools this funding will now only be paid between September 2020 and March 2021.

Change of Bank Details?

Kent Music should be notified of any changes to bank account details so that funding can continue unhindered.

In order to let us know about any changes please complete the below form and return it via email to cbaines@kent-music.com

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