Aspiring young musicians across the capital have been given a boost by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who today announced a grant of £150,000 for the London Music Fund.
The Mayor’s grant will help to fund 32 Mayor’s Scholarships for children from lower-income families across the city – one for every borough. The London Music Fund provides four year scholarships to primary school children and currently supports over 260 talented pupils through the programme, which helps to develop their musical potential. In addition the London Music Fund awards grants to larger projects, offering young musicians the chance to work with professional musicians in iconic venues.
As Mayor's Music Scholars, the children participating in the programme get over two hours of music-making and other developmental activities every week, including instrumental tuition, bands and orchestras, plus opportunities to perform and to attend concerts and live gigs. Crucially, each child has a personal mentor, who is the link between the child and parent, school, music service and the Fund.
The London Music Fund, formerly the Mayor’s Music Fund, recently underwent rebranding to reflect its focus on working with schools and organisations across all 32 boroughs.
The Mayor is the Patron of the London Music Fund and has been clear in his commitment to growing London’s cultural sector, including music and access to the arts. In his first Mayoral budget, Sadiq doubled the amount of money for the culture programme and has set out a bold vision for the capital. The funding announced today is the highest ever to come from City Hall to the London Music Fund since it was established in 2011.
Today’s grant announcement was celebrated at the ABRSM sponsored graduation ceremony of 56 scholars who have already benefitted from four year scholarships. The ceremony took place at City Hall where a workshop for scholars was led by Jazz Trumpeter Mark Armstrong. Scholars created their own piece of music and performed to family, friends and supporters of London Music Fund.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As Mayor, I’ve made it clear that growing the capital’s culture and creative industries is a core priority, as well as ensuring Londoners of all ages have access to the arts. Music education is a key part of this – children who get involved in music, the arts and culture, do better at school and live healthier, happier and fuller lives.
“I’m proud to support the London Music Fund’s work and help more talented young Londoners fulfil their potential. I look forward to seeing how the young scholars progress through the London Music Fund’s fantastic four year programme.”
Chief Executive of the London Music Fund, Chrissy Kinsella, said: “We are extremely grateful to the Mayor for his very generous grant. Music education is hugely important to the development of children and young people and we are delighted to be working across every London borough to support even more young musicians.”