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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01257: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has for funding schemes to encourage young musicians.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 25 July 2016

The Scottish Government supports a number of music initiatives for young musicians, across a range of organisations.

The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme is receiving £10 million of government support in 2016-17. Reporting indicates that this level of investment in 2014-15 enabled music opportunities for 225,000 children across Scotland and independent evaluation published last year indicated that the YMI fosters and develops children's and young people's musical skills and supports more than 300 projects each year across all 32 local authorities.

All of the five Scottish Government-funded National Performing Companies also have initiatives to encourage cultural activity and participation, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera orchestra musicians and creative learning teams providing a range of programmes to encourage young musicians.

We are also providing support to give children greater access to cultural opportunities – as evidenced by the announcement, in March 2016, of an additional £2.5 million of funding for Sistema Scotland and the recent launch of the Theatre in Schools Scotland Project supported through the National Theatre of Scotland.