£1.8m boost for music strikes the right note

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MORE Sheffield youngsters will soon be able to learn to play a musical instrument thanks to a £1.8 million grant from the Arts Council.

Teachers at the city council’s Music Service hope the funding will help inspire the next generation of Jarvis Cockers and Richard Hawleys.

The cash will help create a new Music Education Hub for children and young people in the city, which will work closely with schools.

The hub is part of a shake-up of music services across the city and will mean all children will get access to music teaching both in and out of school.

Five- to 18-year-olds will in future be given a chance to play an instrument or sing in a choir.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for children’s services, said: “Sheffield is a city of great musical heritage and innovation, from Music in the Round through to Def Leppard, Elliot Kennedy, the Arctic Monkeys and many more.

“It’s great for the city to have been awarded this funding, especially in the current economic climate. It will enable us to build on the wonderful work that Sheffield Music Service already do and to extend the musical possibilities to many more children and young people across the city – not just those who can afford it. I believe music can help build confidence and raise educational attainment.”

The hub will work closely with schools to maximise the children’s potential – possibly even putting some on track to a future career in music.

Work will now begin with the private, voluntary and charitable sectors, as well as the music industry, to shape the way in which the new service will operate.

The hub will begin operations in September.