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Government confirms £272 million spend to 2015 on cultural education

8 July 2013

The Department for Education has formally set down the range of government-backed cultural education opportunities that are open to all young people in England. The document, named Cultural Education, has been compiled in response to Darren Henley’s review of cultural education, published in February last year, which called for young people to have greater access to a variety of cultural experiences. 

The headline statistic is that the government is spending £272 million to 2015 on cultural education. 

Culture minister Ed Vaizey said: 'I hope that this inspires schools and cultural organisations to work more closely together, to find new and exciting ways to engage children in cultural activities.'

The publication comes shortly after the Incorporated Society of Musicians called for the government to commit itself to dedicated funding beyond 2015. 

Amongst the initiatives listed are:

MUSIC EDUCATION HUBS - £171m was pledged to the 123 music education hubs across the country. These hubs offer all school-age children the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and perform as part of an ensemble.

IN HARMONY - The DofE is also committed to supporting the UK branch of El Sistema, which aims to use music as a tool for building communities and improving children's life chances.

NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC ORGANISATIONS (NYMOs) - These national ensembles for the country's most talented young musicians are jointly funded by Arts Council England and the DofE.

THE MUSIC AND DANCE SCHEME - Over the next year the government will be providing £28.1m to subsidise specialist music and dance schools for exceptionally talented young artists. The scheme currently benefits 2,200 pupils in five music schools and four dance schools across the country.

The document can be viewed in full here.

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