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 Department for Education, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, funded 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, Department for Education and the Arts Council have invested £267m in a range of music and cultural education programmes.  The largest investment has been made by DfE for Music education hubs (£245m over four financial years).  Other programmes that have received funding include:

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.

Find out more about the Cultural Education Challenge and how you can get involved

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Darren Henley Word PDF

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