Youth Arts Targeted Funding

Edinburgh schools

We’re delighted to be one of 18 organisations sharing Scottish Government emergency funding for youth arts. Drake Music Scotland has received £61,880 to deliver Sound Explorers, a new programme of online interactive music lessons for pupils in special schools across five Scottish Local Authorities.

Scottish Government Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop said: “Youth music and youth arts organisations across Scotland are playing an important role in the lives of young people during these difficult times.

“This funding will support these organisations to expand their work and provide creative opportunities to young people as well as work and income for the artists and practitioners working with them through these projects.”

Thursa Sanderson, Chief Executive, Drake Music Scotland said: “This funding will enable us to forge ahead with Sound Explorers, a new programme of online activity. It responds positively to the changed learning landscape for young people with additional support needs – offering an interactive and fun way to make music.

“It will directly tackle the lack of access to music making for young people with disabilities and additional support needs caused by the Covid pandemic removing the barriers for those isolating at home and those in the classroom.”

Read full Creative Scotland press release