Every council in Wales is to receive an extra £10,000 to buy musical instruments for pupils, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced today.
The funding of £220,000 will help local authority music services to purchase instruments that can be shared across Wales and be targeted at those most in need.
Kirsty Williams said:
“A young person’s love and talent for music cannot be developed unless they have access to the instrument of their choice, especially for those who want to progress to the next level with individual music tuition. That is why I am announcing an extra £220,000 of funding, meaning £10,000 will available to each local authority, through the Welsh Local Government Association, to buy new musical instruments.
“We are also working with councils to establish a mechanism for sharing instruments nationally to ensure that local authorities can make better use of their existing stock of instruments and identify gaps, which this new funding can help them address”.
The Welsh Government recently announced £1 million to establish a National Endowment for Music, which will enable more young people to access musical opportunities. The aim is for the fund to eventually generate at least £1m per year, which will be used to fund additional music activities for young people across the country.