Funders and Partners

Funders… thank you!

NMPAT would like to thank all of the individuals and organisations currently supporting the work of the Trust.  This support continues to enable music and artistic education and ensemble opportunities for children and young people within the county.

Arts Council England
Brass Wind Publications
British and Foreign School Society
The Chartered Accountants’ Livery Company
Children in Need
Constance Travis Charitable Trust
Co-Op Local Community Fund
Northamptonshire Community Foundation
David Laing Foundation
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Frederick and Phyllis Cann Trust
The Friends of Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
The Gordon Robinson Memorial Trust
Local Giving
Kettering and District Recorded Music Society
The Kirby Laing Foundation
Much Loved Charitable Trust
Orchestras Live
Rotary Clubs of Northampton, Northampton West & Wellingborough
The Sir Andrew Martin Trust for Young People
Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity
Waitrose Community Matters
Youth Music


The Trustees are appointed on a three-year, renewable basis in accordance with the Articles of Association. The members of the current Trust Board are listed below. They can be contacted via the NMPAT Office: 125 Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4AZ.

Mr George Bruce
Dr Jamie Clark
Cllr Alison Eastwood
Mr Clive Gresham
Mr Roger Griffiths (patron)
Mr Dudley Hughes
Cllr Joan Kirkbride DL (Chair)
Mr Iain Massey
Mrs Renuka Popat
Mr Trevor Shipman
Mrs Morcea Walker MBE VLL (patron)

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company No. 7738151) and a registered charity (Charity No. 1145643)

The company is governed by the Articles of Association and its charitable objects:

  • To advance education within the framework of the arts for the benefit of the public of Northamptonshire and elsewhere
  • To advance the arts and culture for the benefit of the public, particularly but not exclusively, by promoting and facilitating access to and performances of music and other art forms
  • To provide for the recreation of children, young people and adults for the benefit of the public by providing facilities and services to them in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life
  • Articles of Association

The last set of audited accounts, including Trustees Annual Report, was prepared by accountants MacIntyre Hudson, to cover the accounting period September 2019-August 2020.

  • NMPAT audited accounts, August 2020

In 2018, NMPAT fell within scope for reporting of Gender Pay Gap.  At that time, the figures for gender pay gap reporting, prepared in accordance with the regulations, were as follows:

  • women’s hourly rate is 2.5% higher (mean) and 6.1% higher (median)
  • Top salary quartile has 39.1% men and 60.9% women
  • Upper middle salary quartile has 33.8% men and 66.2% women
  • Lower middle salary quartile has 47.7% men and 52.3% women
  • Lower salary quartile has 37.5% men and 62.5% women


NMPAT is proud to work in partnership with a wide range of organisations who make up the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub.

Music Education Hubs East Midlands

NMPAT and Rutland Music are members of the consortium of East Midlands Music Education Hubs, which meet regularly as the East Midlands Music Mark Heads of Service and co-operate on collaborative projects where this is mutually beneficial.  In particular, there is a consortium-wide approach to the delivery of the Certificate of Music Educators (CME)/

The member organisations are:

  • Derbyshire MEH – lead partner Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership
  • Leicestershire MEH – lead partner Leicestershire Schools Music Service
  • Lincolnshire Music and Arts Education Hub – lead partner Lincolnshire Music Service
  • Northamptonshire MEH – lead partner Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
  • Nottingham Music Hub – lead partner Nottingham Music Service
  • Nottinghamshire MEH – lead partner Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Rutland Music – lead partner Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust

Learn more by visiting the MEHEM website.

Music Mark (the UK Association for Music Education)

NMPAT is a member of Music Mark (The UK Association for Music Education). Music Mark was formed in 2013 out of the merger of the former Federation of Music Services (FMS) and the National Association of Music Educators (NAME).

Music Mark advocacy statement

Music Mark believes in the fundamental right of a first-class music education for all children and young people, in and out of their schools. We call upon key decision makers in central and local government and all who hold a stake in the strategic planning and operational delivery of music education to support us in continuing to raise the status and value of music in a broad and balanced education through:

  • Continuing and enhanced ring-fenced government funding for music education to ensure that the National Plan for Music Education can be fully implemented and achieved by 2020
  • Continuing and enhanced support from local authorities and other bodies to exercise their civic responsibilities and own local decision making to complement the national framework for music education
  • An unswerving commitment to supporting the professional development of the workforce, especially in the quality of teaching and learning, as well as the quality of access and provision in music education, in schools, music services and music education hubs
  • The strongest possible focus on the impacts and outcomes for children and young people, musically, personally, socially and educationally; dedication to best progress and highest achievement for all
  • Clear and unequivocal support for articulating and enabling the rich and positive impacts that a first-class music education has on schools and their communities

Further information can be found at the Music Mark website.

Northamptonshire Music Education Hub Partners

NMPAT is the lead partner in the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub (NMEH), a partnership of organisations committed to delivering the aims of the National Plan for Music Education for the children and young people of Northamptonshire.

The key partners in the Hub are the schools, colleges and academies of the county, who are responsible for the curriculum music delivery to their pupils. To support them, NMPAT has partnered with a range of other organisations as Core Partners and Associate Partners, all of them committed to supporting the best possible music education for our children and young people.

The role of partners

Partner organisations are committed to working together to support the goals and aims of the Hub and the National Plan, for the benefit of the children, young people and communities of Northamptonshire.

Partner organisations:

  • Have expressed a commitment to supporting the mission and goals of the Hub and to enhancing music and music education for early years, 5 to 18 year olds and adults
  • Will provide services that are complementary to the services provided by other partners in the Hub
  • Will work together to enhance opportunities for children and young people and to support the opportunities that individual organisations are providing
  • Will not pay to be part of the Hub but contribute in-kind support (there is no expectation that partners will receive direct funding from the hub)
  • May be commissioned if they are required to fulfil the core and extension roles and complement the other services available

See how the partnerships fit into the hub structure:

The Delivery Partners’ forum comprises the music education organisations active within the county including local organisations, National Partners and those delivering projects funded by Youth Music.

The Delivery Partners’ Forum meets three times a year to report on activity, liaise with the Musical Inclusion Partnership and Programme Manager on projects and identify future opportunities for development. Partners include:

The Delivery Partners consortium were responsible for the bid to Youth Music which established the post of Musical Inclusion Partnership and Programme Manager. This has led to exciting new projects in the county and the Musical Inclusion Programme, Industrious.

There are a number of national organisations who have had links with music education in Northamptonshire for many years, enhancing the work that goes on locally. Some National Partners are involved in delivery as part of Hub activity and are part of the Core Partners group and Delivery Partners Forum, others provide a service which enhances the musical offer and are part of the Associate Partners group.

The following National organisations have pledged their support to the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub:

Commercial partners include suppliers and retailers with a track record of support for NMPAT and other Hub partners. They have proven their support through outstanding customer service and added value as Associate Partners in the Hub:

Community Partners are Associate Partners in the Hub. They include the many bands, orchestras and choirs that have existed within the county for many years. There is a network of music making opportunities for musicians in the county for all ages. The Music Education Hub welcomes the additional opportunities that these groups offer to children and young people.

The following groups from the community have expressed their support for the Music Education Hub and are committed to the goals and aspirations of the Hub:

Invitation to become a community partner

If you think your group could become a community partner in the Music Education Hub, download your application form here:

Community Partner invitation

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