FUNDRAISING NEWS: Youth Music to oversee £3m grant scheme

Annie Kelly

A £3 million fund has been set up to help talented young dancers and musicians to develop their careers.

The charity Youth Music, which will administer the music part of the fund, has contributed £1.2 million, while some of the money will come from the Department for Education and Skills.

The department's music and dance scheme will contribute £400,000 a year for three years for the development of national youth music organisations and £100,000 a year for three years for dance.

Because there are fewer facilities for youth dance than for music, the dance money will be used a develop a national youth dance agency in partnership with Arts Council England.

A third source of money for national youth music schemes is Arts Council England, which will give £255,000 over the next three years.

This means a total of £2.65 million will be granted over the next three years in the form of awards to national music organisations.

The conductor Sir Simon Rattle, an 'ambassador' for Youth Music, said: "Access will be opened to some of the best education, training and performance opportunities available. The fund will help to produce excellent performers and give an added dimension to the lives of our young people."

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