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BBC’s Performing Arts Fund to receive Lloyd Webber’s Eurovision song royalties

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Andrew Lloyd Webber is to donate royalties of the single he has written for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest to the BBC’s Performing Arts Fund.

The fund is a registered charity dedicated to helping aspiring musicians and performers, and Lloyd Webber has agreed to support it by providing it with money raised from It’s My Time, the song he has penned for this year’s UK entrant Jade Ewen.

Miriam O’Keeffe, Performing Arts Fund project manager, said: “We are delighted that Andrew Lloyd Webber will be donating his royalties from the Eurovision single to the BBC Performing Arts Fund. His generous donation will ensure that we will continue to provide crucial support to talented performers and musicians, helping them to achieve their dreams.”

The Performing Arts Fund, which is primarily supported from revenues raised through the voting on Saturday night BBC entertainment shows including I’d Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do, finances a number of initiatives designed to nurture new talent.

One of these is the BBC’s Training in Musical Theatre scheme, formerly known as the Musical Theatre Bursary, which helps students aged 17 or over with their fees on a professional musical theatre training course.

This year, the BBC will also launch two new schemes that will be enabled by the fund. One of these will be specifically aimed at helping choirs, while the other will be devoted to aiding young amateur performers interested in musical theatre.

O’Keeffe told The Stage that details of this initiative, called the Young People’s Musical Theatre scheme, have yet to be finalised, but explained that its aim was to offer amateur children’s theatre groups up to £5,000 to stage a musical.

Full details are expected to be announced over the summer.

Meanwhile, applications are still being accepted for this year’s Training in Musical Theatre scheme. Grants of up to £8,000 are available through the scheme, which is open to people who are in need of financial support towards their training.

Applicants have until 10am on May 18 to apply and should visit www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund for more information.

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