Lincolnshire Music Service awarded £2.5m grant

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A COUNTY council is celebrating after being awarded £2.5m to develop its music education.

Lincolnshire Music Service, which is run by Lincolnshire County Council and Arts Council England, has received the money from the Department for Education to deliver music education until 2015 as a music hub.

The money will mean that schools, music organisations and other Arts Council-funded organisations will come together in a joined-up approach.

Executive councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell (Con) said the new hub would mean every child aged five to 18 would have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument or sing.

She said: “The new hubs will provide significantly improved opportunities for all young people to benefit from high quality musical experiences regardless of where they live and rural schools will be supported.

“It’s important that all have a chance to enjoy and excel in music education. I look forward to our Music Service leading the Lincolnshire hub to success.”