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Two major new grant commissions now open for work with children and young people

  • Date: 25 May 2012
  • Area: National

Arts Council England today announced funding for two major new pieces of work with children and young people; the delivery of a new National Youth Dance Company and four new In Harmony projects based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model.

The commissions will contribute to our long term goal of every child and young person having the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts. 

National Youth Dance Company

The new National Youth Dance Company commission has been created in response to the recommendation in Darren Henley's recent review of Cultural Education to set up a national youth dance company. It will offer talented young people from all backgrounds the chance to develop the high level performance skills needed for a professional career in dance.   

The company will work with 30 talented 16-19 year old performers a year, over the next three years, providing new training and performance opportunities led by world-leading choreographers. It will also support young artists to produce their own high quality choreography.

The successful applicant will receive £400,000 a year to run the  National Youth Dance Company. This is made up of £200,000 a year from the Department of Education and £200,000 from Arts Council England.

Read the guidance and find out how to apply.

In Harmony

In Harmony is a national programme based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model. It aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in exceptionally deprived communities by using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making.                              

We plan to commission four organisations or partnerships to deliver four new In Harmony projects between 2012 and 2015. This follows the National Plan for Music Education, which recognises the importance of In Harmony and supports its continuation from 2009, when it was first established in this country.            

We are partnering with the Department for Education to jointly fund the programme, and will be taking a central role in its coordination and development.

As part of our refreshed approach to In Harmony, we will create a national evaluation framework that ensures In Harmony projects provide evidence of their social impact and sustainability.

Read the guidance and find out how to apply.

Application deadlines

Applications for both the National Youth Dance Company and the In Harmony commissioned grants are now open. The closing date for both is Monday 25 June 2012.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, commented:

'The past year has seen some really significant interventions to give young people the chance to explore and experience the arts. These range from our new our Bridge delivery organisations which are up and running and connecting children and young people with the work of our funded organisations, to the re-launched Artsmark and our new national network of music education hubs.'