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Eight new National Youth Music Organisations announced by ACE

Arts Council England (ACE) and the Department for Education have announced the addition of eight new National Youth Music Organisations, bringing the total number to 15.

All 15 organisations will receive funding as part of ACE’s 2023-26 Investment Programme, with the Department for Education contributing £524,410 per year towards the programme. ACE’s support for National Youth Music Organisations aims to promote the development of young musicians, prioritising learning, offering musical challenges and expanding opportunities for further education and careers.

ACE Chief Executive Darren Henley said: ‘By more than doubling the number of National Youth Music Organisations we are bringing opportunities to learn an instrument, compose, and make music to even more children across the country. The organisations joining the programme will provide thousands more young people with the chance to experience the joys music can create, and to learn skills that will stay with them throughout their lives, whether that means making music for fun or pursuing a career as a professional musician.’

Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb said: ‘High quality music education is an important part of children and young people’s lives, both in and out of school, which is why the Government published the National Plan for Music Education last year and the Model Music Curriculum in 2021. I want to see more young people across the country given the opportunity to make music, so I am delighted that we are expanding the number of National Youth Music Organisations from seven to fifteen. This is an important step towards the ambition set out in the National Plan, for all children and young people to have the opportunity to progress their musical interests and talents, including professionally.’

The 15 National Youth Music Organisations

* New cohort