Friday 9 November 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation invests in young artists training

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announced that it is giving £380,000 in grants to various organisations to help support their education programmes. The Royal Ballet School's Dance Partnership and Access programmes receive support with their programmes supporting young people with workshops and tuition. This funding is particularly valuable as the Department of Education has frozen their grant.

Positioned alongside the Royal Opera House's production workshop in Purfleet, Creative and Cultural Skills' training centre, the Backstage Centre, will receive grants to run master-classes in technical theatre. The Backstage Centre runs classes for both students and professionals.

Wales Millennium Centre receives a grant to fund one full time student on its Creative Apprenticeship Scheme. Live Music Now's grant will enable it to train musicians to deliver workshops to children with special needs and the Old Vic New Voices programme will support young people from all backgrounds in becoming theatre professionals. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust receives a grant for five years to enable a student to train in heritage skills.

In addition, the JMK Trust (set up in memory of the theatre director James Mackenzie-Kitchen) has received a grant to enable it to fun workshops for young and aspiring theatre directors at regional venues.

Further information from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation website.

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