Music Services


Cumbria Music Hub is a Partnership of organisations who work together to  deliver the highest quality musical learning and opportunities, to enable the children, young people, and communities of Cumbria to engage in and develop as wide a range of exciting music as possible.

We are committed to partnerships within music and arts that celebrate and embrace the different backgrounds, heritage, language, and traditions of our young people. Our children and young people should be able to explore and develop their interests, skills, and talents within a musical and cultural landscape appropriate to their needs. The Hub strives to be a parnership that is insightful and responsive, and collectively widens reach and quality outcomes for all children and young people.
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Our Partners

Hub Lead Organisation

Westmorland and Furness Council Music Service

The Music Hub lead organisation is responsible for the funding and the accountability of the partnership. They are accountable for the effective use of the DfE funding and the development of high-quality music education in their Hub area through the partnerships that they facilitate.  We lead the development of the Local Plan for Music Education to ensure the Hub partnership meets it responsibility to deliver the five strategic functions of Hubs.

The Music Service is a traded service within Westmorland and Furness Council Childrens' Services and supports schools, families and young musicians across the whole of Westmorland and Furness through:

  • Delivery of outstanding music provision in schools/settings
  • Supporting schools' delivery of their SMDP and the Model Music Curriculum
  • A cost-effective instrument hire scheme 
  • Out of school opportunities for young people - currently through Barrow and Kendal Music Centres

Cumberland Music Service Cumberland Council, People, Education & Skills, Traded Service, LS Schools. They support all schools/settings throughout Cumberland and will, amongst other things:

• Deliver music sessions in schools.

• Co-ordinate the Instrument Lease Scheme.

• Support School Music Co-ordinators with delivery of programme

• offer out of school opportunities for young people at Carlisle Music Centre.

Local Key Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education.

The Benedetti Foundation unites those who believe music is integral to a great education through sharing its best practices whilst demonstrating a re-energised vision for the future. Through transformative orchestral and musicianship-based workshops for young people, students, teachers, and adults the foundation showcases what Music Education at its best can look and feel like. 

National Strategic Partner

The Benedetti Foundation | Music Education

BlueJam Arts is an innovative community music and arts organisation running a full programme of inclusive creative workshops, training, and professional and community performance activities and events. BlueJam Arts initiate and collaborate on music, film, performance and digital art-centred work, delivered through sessions in the community, in schools and at their Art Space in central Penrith. 

Local Key Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education.

The Brewery Arts Centre Thriving and dynamic arts organisation with over forty years experience of delivering an exciting and inspirational programme, including cultural events, festivals and creative learning courses.

Local Key Delivery Partner

To help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education

The Carnegie Music Centre is a safe, welcoming and encouraging environment which seeks to inspire children and young people to develop a love of creating music through participation in a range of musical experiences outside of school. Alongside developing the talent of children and young people our music centre gives them an opportunity to participate in musical and cultural events, opportunities and experiences and attain recognised Arts Award qualifications.

Local Key Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education

Fuelled by curiosity, Curious Minds work to make high-quality creative and cultural learning opportunities available to all children and young people, both in and out of school. Curious Minds connect people, places, and resources to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the field of creative and cultural education. The go-to place to discover cultural education schemes, and for supporting Artsmark, Arts Award, and other awards and accreditation frameworks that recognise children and young people’s achievement.

North-West Region Strategic Partner

Regional Bridge Organisation

Carlisle Cathedral delivers the Singing Out programme from which children who have taken part can join Cantate the Cathedral’s community children’s Choir to continue with the development of their singing. The choir is auditioned, open to all children and sings a varied repertoire across many genres of music including jazz, classical children’s songs, musicals, popular and folk, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

Local Key Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education

Charanga delivers a suite of online resources to support all aspects of music in school, including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World.

International Commercial Partner

Furness Music Centre is a charity that provides opportunities for all people across the Furness area to play together in Orchestras and Chamber Groups and sing together in a Choir. A community group that welcomes everyone, whatever their age (members range from 8 to 80+), whatever their ability (from complete beginners to people who have performed professionally) and whatever their ability to pay.

Local Key Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education

Horizon Studios support & empower young people through the medium of music. They deliver workshops in music production, DJing, rap & lyric writing and young enterprise. 

As emerging artists in their own right, Directors  SWERVE & JD are incredibly passionate about

providing these services to the community, inspiring creativity & steadily paving the way for the next generation of artists.

Working together to help broaden Horizons.

Local Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education.

Through digital and in-person performances Live Music Now musicians are able to reach vast audiences with their participatory concerts. Working with over 250 professional musicians and alongside those with reduced access to live music, in care homes, schools, hospitals, hospices and community settings across the UK they approach live performance through collaboration: listening to participants and those that work with them, to craft engaging concerts and residencies in a range of genres.

National Strategic Partner

Sharing the power and joy of live music and theatre, Mahogany Opera demonstrate that opera can play a meaningful role in people’s lives. The acclaimed ten-minute Snappy Operas are developed with and performed by primary school children working alongside professional artists. In 2022-2023 Sandgate School, in Kendal, Cumbria collaborate on a new Snappy Opera Inclusive commission. 

National Strategic Partner

Music for Youth is a national youth arts charity working to provide young people aged 21 and under across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression opportunities, regardless of background or musical style.

National Strategic Partner

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians and inspire audiences across the UK, through engaging participation projects and impactful live performances. Founded in 1965, NYJO has grown from a single jazz orchestra to a multifaceted organisation that is committed to supporting and developing musicians of all styles and standards. 

National Strategic Partner

With the mission to ensure everyone has access to and can enjoy the benefits of live orchestral music, regardless of their background, Orchestras Live work in areas of the country which have experienced historical underinvestment, including rural and coastal parts of England.

Projects can take place in schools, care homes, prisons, arts venues, museums, outdoors and online. 

National Strategic Partner

Working in partnership with Music Education Hubs in England Sing Up supports Hubs with access to songs and music curriculum resources. Resources support singing in schools as part of musical learning, development of musicianship skills and children’s progress in singing.

Sing Up provide expert training for teachers, songs for Big Sings, and support and consultancy for the Singing Strategy. 

National Commercial Partner

SoundWave use music and singing to cram more music-making into life, in every rural location, school, digital platform, venue, bedroom studio & each and every square foot of outdoor space! SoundWave aims to make the biggest music-based impact within Cumbria county.

Local Partner

Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust, (Sunbeams), is a Charity delivering Community Music Therapy to disabled children and adults across Cumbria in the North West of England.

Sunbeams provides Music For Life® and Music For Dignity® Projects in outreach venues, at the bespoke Sunbeams Music Centre, (just outside of Penrith), and online. The Charity aims to improve quality of life and self-esteem through the creative power of music.

Local Key Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education.

Westmorland Youth Orchestra and its feeder string, wind, and Jazz groups. A charitable organisation and friendly music organisation which welcomes players from all over Cumbria and northern Lancashire. 

Local Key Delivery Partner

Supported to help enable the Music Hub to meet the National Plan for Music Education.


Associate Partners

These are organisations such as schools and independently run music and arts organisation that support the work of The Hub and Lead Organisation and who also aspire to meet the roles of the national plan for music education.

School representatives in Cumbria

Alison Richardson: Trinity School, Carlisle (Secondary)

Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPs)

Carlisle LCEP

FRAME (West Cumbria LCEP)

LCEPs are place-based groups of influential experts who pool their local knowledge and professional experience to identify shared cultural strategic priorities for their area, and then drive them forward, leading to improved opportunity for local children and young people to experience arts and culture.

For information about the Carlisle LCEP visit Curious Minds | LCEPs

FRAME is a cultural education partnership of arts, cultural, heritage, and education organisations and practitioners who work with children and young people in West Cumbria. 

North West Music Services and Music Hubs

Cumbria Music Education Hub is a member of the North West Music Services’ and Music Hubs’ Regional Partnership Group. ( We work with our partner organisations to deliver the North West Cultural promise and we regularly collaborate with Music Hub Partners in the North East

Accent Music Education Hub - Warrington

Blackburn Darwen Music Hub

Blackpool Music Service

Bolton Music Service

Bury Music Service

Greater Manchester Music Hub

The Love Music Trust – Cheshire East

Music Mark – the UK’s subject association for music education

My Hub (Manchester Youth Music Hub)

Oldham Music Service

One Education

Resonate Liverpool’s Music Hub

Rochdale Borough Council

MAPAS Salford

Sky Music Hub – Sefton and Knowsley Youth Music Hub

St Helens Music Hub

Stockport Music Service

Tameside Music Service

Trafford Music Service