ECME Forum East, founded in 2020, invites members with a remit for developing early childhood music within their organisation to form a community of practice in the Eastern region of England. The Forum comprises members from music, arts and Bridge organisations, across twelve Local Authorities. The specialist early childhood music leads convene to celebrate and share experience, expertise, practice and research, with a view to exploring new pathways and perhaps developing new directions. 

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Mission statement

Members of the forum, representing music education, hubs, services and agencies, are committed to making a difference to children`s entitlement and access to lifelong music education beginning with early childhood.

The vision

To create a community of practice, a joined up regional network to foster children’s musicality from birth, through promoting the collegial reciprocal activities of discussion, critical review and reflection to inform meaningful and informed development enveloping theory-based practice.


  • Connect representatives, responsible for developing early childhood music.

  • Communicate, share and engage in reflective dialogue to develop thinking and practice.

  • Encourage the collaborative exchange of ideas, approaches and initiatives.

  • Reflect on the relationship between research and practice.

  • Signpost CPD opportunities as well as regional and (inter)national events and initiatives.

For more information

Useful links

Cambridgeshire Music                                                                                 https://www.cambridgeshiremusic.org.uk


Central Bedfordshire                                                                                    https://www.inspiringmusic.co.uk/


Derbyshire Music Education Hub                                                                https://www.derbyshiremusichub.org.uk 


Festival Bridge                                                                                              https://nnfestival.org.uk/festival-bridge/

Hertfordshire Music Service                                                                        www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk

Leicestershire Music                                                                                    https://leicestershiremusichub.org  

Lincolnshire Music Service                                                                          https://www.lincsmusicservice.org


Magic Acorns                                                                                                https://www.magicacorns.co.uk

Norfolk Music Hub                                                                                        https://www.norfolkmusichub.org.uk      

Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust                                     https://www.nmpat.co.uk/


Nottingham Music Service                                                                           http://www.nottinghammusichub.org.uk

Nottinghamshire Music Hub                                                                        https://www.inspireculture.org.uk 


Peterborough Music Hub                                                                             https://peterboroughmusichub.org.uk            


Royal Opera House Bridge                                                                          https://www.roh.org.uk/learning/royal-opera-house-bridge

Sinfonia Viva                                                                                                 https://www.sinfoniaviva.co.uk

soundLINCS                                                                                                  https://www.soundlincs.org/

Suffolk Artlink                                                                                                https://www.suffolkartlink.org.uk

The Mighty Creatives                                                                                    https://www.themightycreatives.com                               


The Spark Arts for Children                                                                          https://thesparkarts.co.uk/early-years