Innovative social enterprise partnership will help provide musical instruments to every child as part of the new National Music Service in Wales
A new social enterprise consortium that includes Warwick Music, makers of the award-winning pBuzz range of plastic instruments, is helping to lead the supply of musical instruments to children as part of the National Music Plan for Music Education recently launched in Wales.
The PMusic Cymru consortium includes Warwick Music alongside the Merthyr Institute for the Blind (MTIB) and Elite Solutions, which helps disabled and disadvantaged people find employment.
The innovative partnership has been awarded a £500,000 contract under a new procurement scheme set up by the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association.
The National Music Service aims to ensure that every child in Wales can benefit from a music education.
£13.5million will be paid to local authorities and their music departments over the next three years to ensure a sustainable future for music education in Wales.
Their candidacy went through a category that aims to support sheltered workshops where at least 30% of employees are disabled or disadvantaged workers. 87% of the workforce at the Pentrebach site in Merthyr meet these criteria.
This week, Welsh Minister for Finance and Local Government, Rebecca Evans, visited the consortium’s workshop in Merthyr to see the carbon-neutral plastic instruments being assembled.
PMusic will assemble 35,000 pBuzz instruments and 18,000 pCorders (plastic recorders) ready for delivery to schools in September.
Throughout Year Three, seven-year-olds in Wales will have the opportunity to play instruments at entry-level as part of the whole-class teaching component of the National Music Plan for Music Education at Wales recently launched.
Speaking during the visit, the Minister said: “It is wonderful to be able to see these fantastic instruments assembled and packaged here in Merthyr, and I am delighted that MTIB and Elite Solutions have been able to secure and create many new and existing Welsh jobs thanks to successful PMusic bid.
This contract demonstrates how we can use funding to add social value and promote sustainability.
At the same time, we have ensured that these instruments are produced domestically and in a way that represents good value for money.”
Dozens of thousands
In response, Steven Greenall, Chief Executive of PMusic Cymru Consortium Lead Partner Warwick Music Group, added: “The Welsh Government has made possible a world-leading project which will enable tens of thousands of children in Wales to have access to award-winning programs. and carbon-neutral musical instruments for the very first time, assembled at Merthyr Tydfil.
We have enjoyed working with our partners the Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind and Elite, seeing a positive cycle of investment that benefits Welsh children, Welsh schools, the Welsh economy and jobs for blind people. , disabled and disadvantaged. »
He added: “Research studies show that outcomes for children will improve dramatically when they have access to high quality creative subjects. This project is a model that the world of music education is watching with keen interest.
PMusic will assemble 35,000 pBuzz instruments and 18,000 pCorders (plastic recorders) ready for delivery to schools in September4BR
joy of music
Chris Llewelyn, chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association, added: “The instruments will be delivered to primary school children in Wales to help support the aims of the new National Music Service.
These instruments will allow young learners to discover the joys of music by playing their first musical instruments.
We would like to thank the entire PMusic Cymru consortium who have created these fantastic instruments for schoolchildren in Wales whilst ensuring that many jobs are supported and created in the process.”