Children and young people

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Involvement with arts and culture is crucial to imagination, self-expression and creativity in young people. It also develops the skills that fuel the success of the UK’s creative industries, and that will result in the next generation of creative talent across the country. 

The Arts Council works with the Department for Education, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, cultural organisations and artists, schools, cultural partners, broadcasters, local authorities, Higher and Further Education institutions and other partners to ensure the provision of excellent art, museums and libraries for all children and young people. 

Since 2012, the Department for Education and the Arts Council have invested £267 million in a range of music and cultural education programmes. The largest investment has been made by the Department for Education for Music Education Hubs (£245 million over four financial years). Explore these pages to find out more about the other programmes we support.

The Arts Council also invests public funds in a National Portfolio of 663 arts organisations and 21 Major Partner Museums, with the vast majority of them committed to work with children and young people.

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A young urban music artist performing on stage.

Supporting young urban talent

Rapademic 100 returns to Cambridge Junction on 28 July 2016, showcasing some of the city’s finest up and coming urban talent.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Photo: Matt Austin / Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery 2. Children from Nottingham perform as part of In Harmony 2013. Photo © Alan Fletcher. 3. Shakespeare Week activities in Stratford, 2014. Photo © Alan Fletcher. 4. Slung Low's 59 Minutes to Save Christmas at Barbican Centre. Photo © Susanna Sanroman / Slung Low 5. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 6. Turner Contemporary: You Are Here workshop 2011. Photo, Benedict Johnson. 7. A Gold Arts Award film-maker, Trinity College London. Photo © John Nassari 8. Rapademic © Cambridge Junction 9. Cast of Into The West as the crashing waves.Image © Camilla Adams. 10. Allotment shed for artist in residence, GROW. Image courtesy of Ryde Arts. 11. Prime Theatre, Singing Together. Image © Marcus Lilley. 12. Members of the Cast of Beatrix Potter and the Tailor of Gloucester, The Everyman Theatre. Image © Anthony Thompson, Thousand Word Media. 13. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 14. The Bristol Whales, Bristol Green Capital 2015. Photo © Paul Box. 15. Jeremy Bailey's Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices 16. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 17. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 18. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes 19. The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life by YAMAGUCHI Takayuki. Photo © Blast Theory.