New fund for Wales music lessons

£1m grant scheme will involve public and private fundraising

The Welsh government and the Arts Council of Wales are launching a £1 milion fund to help children develop their musical talents.

The Anthem Fund will be available to everyone aged three up to 25, with £300,000 in grants distributed each year, starting in 2021. It will be funded by a mix of private and public funds. “An ambitious fundraising effort” is underway to get high-profile arts figures to back the fund. The Anthem fund is in addition to a £3m investment announced in 2018 by Welsh Minister for Education Kirsty Williams.

The move follows the recommendation of an independent music services task group set up after fears over the future of music teaching hit hard by austerity cuts.

Kirsty Williams said the fund was “a ground-breaking initiative “ that will “build on the music education already delivered by schools as part of the new curriculum.

The launch comes as Midlothian Council reversed its plans to cut all music tuition entirely when angry parents and campaigners held a protest outside the Dalkeith council headquarters.

 

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