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Arts Council England announces a new National Youth Dance Company and four new In Harmony projects

  • Date: 16 July 2012
  • Area: National

Today we are announcing successful applicants of the National Youth Dance Company and In Harmony commissions, which aim to ensure that children and young people from all backgrounds across the country can engage in cultural activities of the highest quality. 

The programmes are jointly funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Arts Council and take forward some key recommendations in the National Plan for Music Education and Darren Henley's recent review of Cultural Education.

We are also announcing a new Museums and schools programme, which aims to increase the number of high quality educational visits by schools to local museums. 

Our Chief Executive, Alan Davey, said: 'The Arts Council believes that every child and young person should have the opportunity to experience the excellence, aspiration and richness the arts can offer. So much so that we've made it one of the key goals of our 10-year strategic framework - Achieving great art for everyone. What we offer young people needs to enable them to engage with something that is really excellent and stretches their ambition. If the offer isn't excellent then we are doing them a disservice.

'I'm extremely excited about the commissions announced today which illustrate the coherent, national approach the Arts Council is to taking to ensure that not only do children and young people have access to excellent art and culture both in and out of school but that they are encouraged to actively engage with it and take their own interest and talent as far as it can go.'

New National Youth Dance Company

Sadler's Wells has been selected to receive £400,000 a year (£200,000 from the Department for Education and £200,000 from Arts Council England) to run the new National Youth Dance Company (NYDC). This will offer talented young people from all backgrounds the chance to develop the high level performance skills needed for a professional career in dance.

Find out more about the National Youth Dance Company programme.

Four new In Harmony projects

The Sage Gateshead, Nottingham City Council, Opera North and Telford & Wrekin Music have been chosen to deliver four new In Harmony projects between 2012 and 2015. Together with the existing projects in Lambeth and Liverpool, this means that there will be a total of six In Harmony projects.

Find out more about In Harmony.

Museums and schools programme

The new Museums and schools programme will support regional museums in 10 areas of England to increase the quantity and quality of the local education offer to schools. The Department for Education will grant the Arts Council £3.6 million to deliver this programme over the next three years (2012-15).

There will be more information on the programme and locations in the coming months. This is a non-application programme. We will identify partnerships in areas of low cultural engagement.

Children and young people quality update

Earlier this year we commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and Shared Intelligence to undertake a review of existing quality frameworks in relation to the quality of work by, with and for children and young people. This report is now available to download from the NFER website.

You can find more information about how we are working towards our goal of: every child and young person having the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, in our children and young people section, which also hosts our new cultural education profile tool.