£5m for new children’s arts programme

A new £5m DCMS/Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership will benefit 10,000 young people, culture secretary Jeremy Wright has announced.

The BBC, the Lowry Trust and the BRIT Schools are to partner schools in Croydon, Derby, Medway, Plymouth and Salford to encourage children aged from five to 18 to learn theatre skills, rap, performance and creative writing.

Image shows culture secretary Jeremy Hunt with BRIT School students

“Our Youth Performance Partnerships will give thousands of young people the chance to work directly with world-class cultural organisations and inspire the next generation of playwrights, actors or producers” Wright said during a visitor to the BRIT School.

Arts Council CEO Darren Henley added: “Taking part in performances, whether on stage or behind the scenes, has huge benefits for children. They can express themselves, boost their mental health and wellbeing through creativity, and learn about career paths they might never have considered before. We’re very pleased that the government is making these benefits more widely available to young people from all.”

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