lay the foundations for expansion has been announced by schools minister Charles Clarke.
Speaking at the National Festival of Music for Youth Conference, Mr
Clarke said: 'There has been a great deal of variation in school
provide the boost music in schools needs, David Blunkett and Chris
Smith announced the creation of the Music Standards Fund. This fund
will pay£150m over three years towards protecting and expanding music services.
'But we want to be absolutely sure that the money is being
distributed in a way that will help music services to reach as many
children as possible. So we will be asking LEAs to tell us exactly
how much they spend, and how the money is being used. We will also
make more transparent the whole process of bidding for grants from
the Music Standards Fund.
'We will also, working with the National Foundation for Youth Music,
be asking local education authorities, headteachers, teachers and
other groups, like Music for Youth, how they think the Fund should
work. This government is committed to working in partnership with
interested bodies to give all our children fair access to music
1. The Music Standards Fund is part of the£180m boost for
music which David Blunkett and Chris Smith announced in January this
year. Two separate grants are available to Local Education
Authorities from the fund: Grant 27a 'Protecting LEA Music Services'
and Grant 27b 'Expanding LEA Music Services'. The first round of
grants, for 1999-2000, was announced on 1 March. LEAs benefited from
a total of£41m to support their music services. In the coming
months the operation of the grants for this year will be reviewed
with a view to considering improvements for future years.
2. The survey of LEA music services will take place over the next two
months. Information from the survey will help inform the basis of
allocation for funding 2000-1 and 2001-2
3. The National Foundation for Youth Music, launched by the prime
minister on 23 June, will act as a national advocate for the cause
of, and advisor to the government on, music education. The foundation
starts its public consultation on policies and priorities today.
Copies of the consultation document can be obtained by writing to PO
Box 214, 35 Winkley Square, Preston PR1 3GJ. Telephone No 08450 560
560 (calls charged at local rate); Fax 01722 836 199; or email to
4. Music for Youth is a registered charity which was founded in 1971.
It is dedicated to developing and encouraging music in schools and
fostering the activities of young musicians. It was formed to
organise and manage the National Festival of Music for Youth and the
Schools Proms Series of concerts. The DfEE has supported Music for
Youth through an annual grant since 1987.