Youth Music Initiative to continue

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The Youth Music Initiative, which offers young people opportunities to get involved in music projects, is to continue for another year.

Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop has announced the Scottish Government is investing a total of £10 million in the scheme in 2011/12.  The Youth Music Initiative, delivered by Creative Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, supports more than 300 projects each year covering all musical genres, age groups and teaching methods.

At the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships in Perth, Ms Hyslop said:

“I am delighted to announce that the Youth Music Initiative will be continuing for another year. Since its inception in 2003, it has been a great success, providing numerous opportunities for children and young people across Scotland to get involved in music.

“The Scottish Government is committed to increasing learning through the arts and culture and offering opportunities for young people to develop creative skills – as demonstrated by the Youth Music Initiative, which puts creativity at the heart of learning.

“By unlocking the creative potential of our young people, we are teaching them to be innovative, resourceful, confident and responsible and equipping them with the skills they need to succeed in the new global economy.”

Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland, said:

“This investment in young people will create opportunities across the whole of Scotland. Through the Youth Music Initiative we are already seeing a new generation of young talent and this major commitment will further enhance Scotland’s reputation as a creative nation.”

The Scottish Government currently has a funding commitment until March 2011 and a further #10 million for YMI was included in the draft budget for 2011-12 announced on November 17, 2010.