About CMS

Cumbria Music Service

We are the main organisation delivering music teaching in schools throughout Cumbria. We are part of Cumbria County Council, within the People Directorate (Education & Skills). We are the Lead Organisation for Cumbria Music Education Hub.

What do we do?

Cumbria Music Service is a team of specialist music teachers providing schools and pupils with a wide range of musical experiences based upon modern teaching strategies.

We deliver:

> instrumental and vocal teaching in Cumbria’s schools

> expert classroom curriculum support

> the First Access (Whole class instrumental teaching) programme throughout the Primary schools in Cumbria.

> performance opportunities through our regular ensemble and special projects – from local ensemble groups, music centres, area workshops, through to county wide opportunities from Cumbria Youth Orchestra.

> an Instrument Lease Scheme which is available to any young person in Cumbria and an Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme for any young person taking lessons with one of our teachers.

Our role in the Music Hub

CMS is the Lead Partner for Cumbria Music Hub, bringing together local organisations from right across Cumbria to deliver the best music education for children and young people. We work together to create joined up, high quality music education in and out of school, getting the most from government funding for music education for young people. Visit www.cumbriamusichub.com to find out what’s going on across Cumbria.

How are we funded?

Our position as a traded services unit within Cumbria County means that we run on a full cost recovery model. Currently we raise this through Service Level Agreements with schools, charges to parents and external funding including the DfE grant for Cumbria Music Hub. 

CMS, as the lead organisation for the Cumbria Music Education Hub, is in receipt of funding from the DfE managed by the Arts Council England. We use this grant as part of the music education hub plan to support core and extended activities which have been identified in the National Plan for Music Education. The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that funding for Music Education Hubs will continue until March 2020.

Almost all of our activities are subsidised by the DfE funding which is subject to us continuing to meet the funding criteria for the development of the Music Education Hub in Cumbria.