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Mayor of London's music fund appeals for more funding

13 February 2013, Rhian Morgan

Boris Johnson’s music education charity is appealing for more individual and corporate philanthropists to help fund its £1m-a-year scheme to increase musical opportunities for hundreds of children and young people in London.

The Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians, which was launched in May 2011, is now working with all 29 of the capital's music education hubs and their local schools and partners. It awards four-year music scholarships to primary-age children with musical potential whose families find it difficult to pay for tuition, in addition to a range of partnership projects.

New projects for 2013-14 include:

  • Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service and Havering Music School, working on composition and music production
  • Enfield Arts Support Service, working with Barnet Music Service, Haringey Music & Performing Arts Service and the world music organisation Musiko Musika to develop an Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra across some of the boroughs’ most deprived areas
  • Greenwich Music Service, Lewisham Music Hub and the Bollywood Brass Band partnership will form cross-borough ensembles to address the shortfall in brass provision
  • Redbridge Music Service, Waltham Forest Music Service and the London Chamber Orchestra will be working to address the gap in providing progression routes for young woodwind players
  • Richmond Music Trust will work in partnership with Hounslow Music Service, the Royal Ballet School and the Philharmonia Orchestra in an integrated music and dance programme, designed to strengthen and develop existing Key Stage 2 and 3 provision and strengthen the links between these two art forms
  • Sutton Music Service will work with Hounslow Music Service, Zone One Brass and the Royal College of Music in the project Brass Tracks for advanced young players

The Fund's chief executive, Ginny Greenwood, said 'it is wonderful that thanks to the very generous support of many individual philanthropists and businesses, we are able to fund such musically diverse project across London. We are also proud to be championing sustainable cross-borough collaborations, which will enhance and strengthen long-term music provision.'

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