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Andrew Lloyd Webber foundation gives £380,000 to arts education

2 November 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to donate more than £380,000 to arts education projects in the UK through his philanthropic foundation.

His wife, trustee Madeleine Lloyd Webber, said the foundation was 'delighted to be able to support such a diverse range of arts education initiatives. We feel it is hugely important to encourage the next generation of artistic talent. The UK is currently a global leader in the arts and by investing in programmes to train young artists, we hope our country can continue to be a creative force.'

A £20,000 grant will go to Live Music Now, a project founded by Yehudi Menuhin, to fund a two-year programme to train and support emerging musicians to give workshops to children with special educational needs.

The Royal Ballet School will receive £180,000 to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, while £75,000 goes to Creative & Cultural Skills to train technical theatre staff. Other recipients include the Wales Millennium Centre's Creative Apprenticeship Scheme, which will receive £45,000 to train backstage staff.

The foundation is also financing a sixth-form music scholarship at Eton College, aimed at musically talented boys from families who cannot afford the school fees. The closing date for applications is 10th December 2012. More information about funding opportunities can be found on the foundation's website.

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