Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Offers Further Funding to Educational Projects for Young People
By Mark Shenton
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announced another round of funding to support projects that provide young people with opportunities to engage in the arts. New recipients include the Royal Shakespeare Company, who have been awarded a grant of £81,000 towards the expansion of their Learning and Performance Network (LPN).
The LPN partners primary and secondary schools in deprived areas of the U.K. with regional theatres and RSC practitioners, aiming for young people to see and participate in the live performance of Shakespeare. Led by RSC professionals, the LPN program has not only encouraged the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare but has been able to demonstrate how high quality tuition and participation can result in a broader positive effect on the attitudes and academic abilities of the young people involved.
Other grants have also been awarded to the Islington Community Theatre "Work in Progress" project that provides theatre work experience to young people on the brink of disengaging entirely from education; The Half Moon Young People's Theatre, who are to receive a two-year grant to fund their Careers in Theatre program, which is led by theatre professionals and gives hands-on project management-style experience to 14-17 year olds from local secondary schools; the Urban Vocal Group, who are to receive a second grant from the Foundation to provide free access to singing for young people aged 11-18 in Hampshire; and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, which aims to bridge the gap between education and employment for musicians, aged 18-25.
The Foundation will fund two scholarships in building conservation over two years at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. The Society, founded by William Morris in 1877, provides specialist training for young architects, surveyors and engineers in historic techniques, conservation and repair methods which enhances future employment prospects for the scholars.
Since 2011, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has given over £8 million to over 100 U.K. organizations, focusing on projects that nurture and encourage young artists of all backgrounds and abilities, giving them the chance to experience how the arts can really make a difference to their lives.
In a press statement, Madeleine Lloyd Webber, Trustee of the Foundation, commented, "We are delighted to continue supporting projects and initiates which provide high quality tuition in the arts and heritage and make an impact in communities across the U.K. It's great to see that by getting involved in these projects, young people who are often from disadvantaged backgrounds can acquire life skills that will equip them for a better future. The Foundation remains committed to give young artists a chance and we call on others to help us make arts make the difference."
For further details on the Foundation and its work, visit http://www.andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com.
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