Following recommendations late last year by Hounslow Council, Hounslow Music Service has now been officially recognised as a charitable company by the Charity Commission and Companies House.
This will secure a more solid future for the service, which has been providing musical education throughout the borough for over 30 years, and enable it to attract new funding, develop new partnerships and be able to provide additional music services for children and young people in Hounslow.
The service will continue to be known as Hounslow Music Service but will be moving to a new purpose-built centre in Pears Road in January 2017. It will continue to work closely with the council and a member of the Cabinet would sit on the board of trustees, ensuring the council has a say on how it is run.
Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Hounslow Council, said: “This is fantastic news as Hounslow Music Service is a much-loved local group which has achieved incredible success.
“It’s extremely popular with parents, children and schools, and the number of those using the service has been increasing year on year. Becoming a charitable company means it can build further for the future and continue to provide an excellent service.”
HMS was founded in 1980 as the Hounslow Schools Music Service to provide instrumental and vocal lessons for children and young people in the borough’s schools.
The service runs a structured programme of instrumental tuition in schools as well as a range of bands, orchestras and choirs outside school to support pupils’ musical progress. It also maintains a large stock of instruments so that pupils throughout the borough have access to them.
Rupert Holderness, Chair of Trustees, HMS, said: “On behalf of all the trustees, I am delighted to welcome the launch of the Hounslow Music Service as a charity. A huge amount of work has gone into the creation of the charity and we’re very grateful for the support we have received from Hounslow Council.
“This move will enable the service to continue to provide musical education to children and young people in the borough and be able to develop further new and innovative opportunities.”