Date lodged: 11 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it funds young people's participation in (a) local and (b) national orchestras.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 18 January 2018
The Scottish Government’s long-standing investment of £109 million since 2007 in the Youth Music Initiative has made a huge impact helping young people across Scotland access music making opportunities, including participation with orchestras. The Scottish Government also support Sistema Scotland which has Big Noise Centres in Raploch, Govanhill, Torry and Douglas. Our £2.5m four-year funding package is enabling the youth orchestra programme to sustain and build on its work to enhance the health, wellbeing and prospects of young people in the communities of Stirling, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. Creative Scotland also work with a range of partners to ensure young people have the opportunity to participate in orchestras.