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Over £220,000 sought for music projects

West Lothian Council is applying for over £220,000 to deliver music projects for local young people.

05 March
Youth music

Education Executive agreed to submit the bid to Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative (YMI) fund to cover 13 music education projects in West Lothian.

YMI funding aims to ensure that every school pupil in Scotland is offered a year of free tuition by the time they leave primary school.

It is managed by council's Culture and Sport service, who commission specialist organisations and individuals to deliver a wide-range of projects including: the National Youth Choir of Scotland's (NYCOS) Go for Bronze resources; the rock choir scheme, Voice Rocks; and Makey Makey, an electronic music invention project.  

West Lothian's programme aims to ensure that younger children have access to high-quality music making initiatives, in line with Curriculum for Excellence, which also support tackling inequalities by engaging those who would not otherwise participate in such schemes.

Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: "I am pleased to agree this year's submission for YMI funding for worthwhile projects across West Lothian.

"We believe that the projects will be beneficial for all the young people taking part, developing important life skills while working with skilled professionals.

"It is hoped our primary pupils will enjoy taking part in the projects, which should also boost their self-confidence and self-esteem."   

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