Lecturer to Chair new Cornwall Music Education Hub

09 June 2022

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A consortium led by Community Interest Company (CIC) ASONE Perform has been granted funding of more than £700,000 by Arts Council England to keep a music education facility running in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council, who previously ran the Cornwall Music Education Hub (CMEH), sought someone else to run the business in 2021 due to budget pressures.

The CMEH was set up in 2012, providing music-related curricular and extra-curricular activities for schools and young people.

It gives children in Cornwall a chance to excel in music by providing music equipment hire from its warehouse in Redruth, along with music tuition and direct access to industry professionals thanks to a large pool of industry partners

Dr Antti Saario, Head of Music at Falmouth University, will chair the board of the ASONE Perform CIC. He will oversee the delivery of a diverse musical programme for young people across Cornwall.

Antti told us “Cornwall Music Education Hub’s ambition has always been to celebrate and grow Cornwall’s rich music legacy by shaping an inclusive and dynamic culture which inspires learning, creates inspirational performance opportunities and supports every child and young person to achieve their musical potential. 

“Now with a renewed freedom as a recalibrated, independent body, we can achieve even more. Our ASONE partnership adds stronger music industry links than ever before, building on work around songwriting and production via our Kevrenna record label.” 

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Barbara Ellenbroek, was thrilled to see that the CMEH would live on.

“Cornwall Council is dedicated to making this a great place to be a child, and music is a massive part of our children’s education.

“I am delighted that ASONE Perform CIC will continue the great work of the Cornwall Music Education Hub, ensuring the continuity of service for children and schools across Cornwall.” 

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