Musicians in Lincolnshire handed £29 million lift by the Government

Members of Lincolnshire Music Service perform a trombone quartet with youngsters from Leasingham St Andrew's Primary School.  Photo by David Hodgson.

Members of Lincolnshire Music Service perform a trombone quartet with youngsters from Leasingham St Andrew's Primary School. Photo by David Hodgson.

  • County’s music education service given funding boost by Department for Education
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Young musicians in South Holland and Lincolnshire can break into song after securing a share of £300 million in government funding over the next four years.

Lincolnshire Music Service, which includes Spalding and six other centres across the county, is to get an extra £29 million in the next four years for children and young people to learn a musical instrument and improve as performers.

The extra funding, to be spread across 121 music education hubs in England, was announced by Education Minister Nick Gibb who said the aim was to ensure that “opportunities are open to all, not just the privileged few”.

Mr Gibb said: “Music and the arts can transform lives and introduce young people to a huge range of opportunities, whether that is learning to play a musical instrument, understanding local heritage or attending a world-famous dance school.”

Jennifer McKie, senior music adviser for Lincolnshire Music Service, said: “We are delighted that the Department for Education has recognised the achievement of music education hubs since 2012 and the extra funding is a welcome announcement.

“In Lincolnshire, 21 hub partners are successfully working to deliver a smarter approach to the delivery of the best possible music education for children and young people in the county.”

Music and the arts can transform lives and introduce young people to a huge range of opportunities

Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, Department for Education