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Youth Music grants to promote inclusivity

1 August 2014

The National Foundation for Youth Music has just announced a refurbishment of its grants programme, with the aim of promoting diversity and inclusivity across England.

Youth Music is currently investing £20 million in 400 projects throughout the country. Its refreshed grants programme has been streamlined to help children in challenging circumstances who cannot afford access to music education. Despite the government’s recent pledge of an extra £18 million to music education, the number of school children accessing subsidised music lessons is still running six percentage points below the number of pupils receiving free school meals. This suggests that many of the children who can least afford it are missing out on music education.

As part of its new grants programme, Youth Music will be raising the upper age limit to qualify for investment to 25 years. This is in light of the challenging transition faced by many young people in the transition from studying to employment. A new award has also been made available of £2,000-£30,000, aimed at supporting smaller organisations and projects.

Matt Griffiths, executive director of Youth Music’s, said: ‘The recent announcement of additional funds for music education is fantastic news, but Youth Music projects often focus on those organisations, musicians, and young people hidden from mainstream services and provision.  It’s essential that their voices, and indeed, their music are considered as part of the musical fabric of this country.  Our updated programme makes funding these projects simpler and should create even greater diversity and inclusivity amongst hubs.’

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