North West Music Shops & Music Hubs

A guitar showroom at Rimmers’ Bolton store. Photo by James Cross.

Music Services in the North West

For September 2018, Take it away are featuring activities and shops in the North West area. Each month we will be featuring a different region, with the aim of bringing these services into contact with each other.

We offer Take it away in the following shops in the North West West (each links to a page about their services):

Music Shops

Music Hubs

Music Hubs are a Government-led initiative, previously referred to as schools or music services. They are partnerships between state schools, companies, charities and practitioners. Hubs receive funding from the Department of Education via Arts Council England. It is the responsibility of every Hub to distribute funding amongst organisations to ensure that these targets are met:

  • Ensure that every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programs or weekly tuition on the same instrument
  • Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people
  • Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil sings regularly, and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area

Each hub provides different services and receives different levels of funding dependent on needs and services. For example, some services provide one to one tuition, some offer classroom sessions or some offer Orchestra or performance opportunities.

North West Music Hubs include:

If you want to follow news and opportunities from these Music Hubs, we’ve put together the following Twitter list.


Active orchestras, bands and ensembles across the North West: