Melissa Bradshaw

ABRSM to support ten music projects with new Elevate programme

9:00, 13th February 2020

A new programme launched by ABRSM (the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music), ‘Elevate’, will support new music projects in ten UK communities.

With its four Royal Schools partners (Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), the ABRSM’s new programme will focus on areas where there are significant barriers to young people making progress in music, aiming to sustain children and young people’s musical learning.

The £100,000 programme has awarded funds to pilot projects in Glasgow, Ayrshire, Manchester, Lancashire, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Cornwall, North Wales, London and Belfast. A range of different models will explore potential solutions for supporting young people’s musical progression, building the skills of music educators through CPD and apprenticeships and forming new partnerships between schools, charities and the industry.

‘We are keen to make a difference in assisting young people to achieve their musical potential and last year’s Music Commission report clearly showed where a new focus is required by everyone in music education,’ says ABRSM chief executive Michael Elliott. ‘The Elevate programme is a milestone in the collaboration between ABRSM and its four Royal Schools partners and builds on the commission’s findings in a very practical way to show how young people’s progression can be better supported in a range of different contexts.’

The ten Elevate projects will each run for around six months, with a report collating headline findings from each due to be published this autumn.


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