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Government renews funding for Dance and Drama Awards in arts education pledge

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Funding for Dance and Drama Awards will be maintained until at least 2020, the government has confirmed.

The DaDA scheme offers means-tested grants for 16 to 23-year-olds studying dance and drama, providing tuition fees and living expenses.

The Department for Education has confirmed it has allocated £27 million to DaDAs for 2019 and 2020. This funding of £13.5 million per year is equal to what the scheme currently receives.

It is one of a number of arts education initiatives for which DfE funding has been announced, with a total of £96 million going to various projects.

The Music and Dance Scheme, which funds pupils from low-income backgrounds to attend specialist music and dance institutions, will receive £30 million a year over the next two years.

It currently receives £29 million per year.

Also announced is £8 million for a raft of cultural education programmes that allow young people to try to develop creative skills in collaboration with arts companies including the National Youth Dance Company.

A series of orchestra projects for disadvantaged young people will share £1 million.

The money was announced by school standards minister Nick Gibb, who said: “We have always nurtured creative talent in this country and have a rich history of world-famous musicians, actors and dancers.

“For many, this journey starts at school, which is why it is important we support them from the beginning.”

The announcement comes amid continued concern about arts in schools, with many warning they are being sidelined due to funding and curriculum pressures and a lack of teachers.


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