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Major arts education grants announced by Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Sarah Bunney, an apprentice at the Wales Millennium Centre
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The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants totalling £380,000 to arts organisations for their education programmes.

The Royal Ballet School will receive the largest amount, with £180,000 spread over three years for its Dance Partnership and Access Programme.

Two of its projects will benefit from the grant including the Primary Steps Programme, which holds workshops and tuition for young children across a network of schools, and the Advance Programme which offers a three-month workshop and performance scheme to teenagers in state schools and dance centres.

The foundation claimed the money will be used to keep the programme going after the Department for Education froze its funding.

Creative and Cultural Skills will receive £75,000 for master classes in technical theatre that it will run at its purpose-built training centre, the Backstage Centre at Purfleet. The centre is positioned alongside the ROH’s production workshop and will host classes for students and also provide rehearsal space for professionals.

The £45,000 grant awarded to The Wales Millennium Centre’s Creative Apprenticeship Scheme will fund one full-time student through a qualification in technical theatre and hands-on experience in technical and stage skills.

Meanwhile, the Live Music Now project will receive £20,000 for a two-year scheme that will train musicians to deliver workshops to children with special education needs, and the Old Vic New Voices Programme will be given £10,000 to help it run projects that support young people from all backgrounds in becoming theatre professionals.

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust will also receive £50,000 over five years for a student to complete training in heritage skills.

ALW Foundation trustee Madeleine Lloyd Webber said:  “The Foundation is delighted to be able to support such a diverse range of arts education initiatives as we feel it is hugely important to encourage the next generation of artistic talent.

“The UK is currently a global leader in the arts, and by investing in programmes to train young artists, we hope our country can continue to be a creative force.”


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