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Arts: Young People

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects his Department funds to encourage participation in the arts by young people; and what the cost of those projects was in the last 12 months, broken down by region. (253080)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport provides financial support for the arts through Arts Council England, which makes funding decisions independently of Government. Children and young people are one of the four priorities Arts Council England will be focusing on over the next three years. Much of the support given by Arts Council England through its Grants for the Arts and Regularly Funded Organisation schemes will encourage participation in the arts by young people.

As well as these general grants, Arts Council England is currently involved with six specific projects and organisations which aim to encourage the participation of young people in the arts. The funding allocated for the last 12 months is set out as follows. A breakdown of funding by region is not possible for projects which are funded on a national basis.

Project/organisation

Allocated funding in 2008-09 (£)

Young People’s Participatory Theatre

1,053,000

Take it Away

700,000

Artsmark

640,000

Find Your Talent

East Midlands

505,000

London

425,000

North East

455,000

North West

1,000,154

South East

677,916

South West

359,000

West Midlands

385,000

Yorkshire

505,000

Arts Council central national budget

687,930

Arts Award

1350,000

Youth Music

East

480,000

East Midlands

813,000

North East

480,000

North West

1,021,000

London

672,000

South East

885,000

South West

1,009,000

West Midlands

903,000

Yorkshire

930,000

Open programme funds yet to be committed in 2008-09

547,000

1 Divided equally across the nine English regions.