THE future of Hillingdon Music Service seems secure after the Arts Council agreed to support it with more than £900,000.
The service had come under severe threat last year when Hillingdon Council placed it under review as part of a cost-saving exercise
Twelve months on, its fortunes appear to have swung full circle.
The council had applied to become a music education hub.
It heard earlier this month it had been successful, with Arts Council England agreeing to fund it with £928,198 over the next three years.
The cost to the council of providing the music service has been substantially reduced, but a new report insists more young people will have the chance to pick up and play an instrument from now.
The findings of a review into the service are due to be presented at an Uxbridge Civic Centre meeting tomorrow (Thursday) by Councillor David Simmonds, cabinet member for education and children’s services.
He said: “We can now assure mums and dads about the future of the music service.
“This report shows our determination to make it better and involve more young people than had been able to access it in the past.
“We have looked at the way other music services are run around the country and we decided to continue funding it ourselves, but we will change the way it operates.”
The council review was influenced by the National Plan for Music Education. This stated every child aged between five and 18 should have the chance to learn an instrument and perform.
Mr Simmonds said the new Hillingdon Music Education Hub would include a bursary system to help children learn an instrument when families cannot afford it.