The Andrew Lloyd Webber
Foundation announces donations to eight organizations across the UK to fund projects that provide opportunities to for young people of all walks of life to participate in the arts.
Since 2011, the Foundation has donated over £7 million to a wide range of projects with a focus on supporting talented young artists and developing future audiences. The Foundation believes that in order to maintain vibrancy in the arts, it is imperative for young artists of all backgrounds and abilities to be nurtured and encouraged.
Madeleine Lloyd Webber, Trustee for the Foundation, says: "We're delighted to announce our support of these eight new projects from across the UK, all of which aim to make the arts more accessible to young people. We hope that other donors will step forward to help us make the arts an integral part of our society for generations to come."
The eight projects to receive funding are:
· The Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians Partnership Programme towards the provision of overall musical development to 7 - 18 year old musicians by creating partnerships between music services and London's top professional arts organizations. ( £18,295)
· Oldham Coliseum Education Partnership Scheme allowing 450 pupils ages 16 - 18 to attend workshops and learn all aspects of technical theatre, acting, directing, set design and musical theatre. (£15,000)
· Seaham Music Academy, Tyne and Wear, towards the provision of music tuition to all in the local community.(£10,000)
· Barn Theatre Trust towards the extension and refurbishment of an existing rehearsal room to provide a multi-purpose performance and training space for young people at The Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City. (£10,000)
· Halle Concerts Society towards the final fit out costs of turning a disused church into dedicated rehearsal and performance venue for Halle Orchestra, Choir, Youth and Youth Training Choirs, Children's Choir and Youth Orchestra.(£10,000)
· The Lakes School, Windermere, Cumbria towards the costs of updating and revamping the school theatre into a modern flexible performance space. (£10,000)
· Canonbury School Foundation towards the provision of free musical instruments and music tuition for school children 8 - 11 at the Islington Primary School. (£5,000)
· Vale Royal Juniors Drama Group, which provides drama training to 10 - 18 year olds based in Winsford, Cheshire, will use the funding to purchase radio microphones and a clavinova. (£5,000)
These are in addition to the continued funding to sustain projects in the long-term at The Royal Court Studio (£75,000), the Theatres Trust Protect Fund (£25,000), the West Dunbartonshire Community Project (£2,500), Performances Birmingham (£10,000) and Square Chapel Arts in Halifax (£15,332). Furthermore, the Foundation is currently supporting 20 students on performing arts scholarships throughout the UK.