The Welsh government and the Arts Council of Wales are launching a fund to help children develop their musical talents.
Anthem, Music Fund Wales is a £1m investment aimed at making musical opportunities available to everyone aged three up to 25. The initiative was designed on the recommendation of an independent music services task group.
The funding follows calls for action in order to save music education in Wales which, like the rest of the UK, found its music teaching hit hard by austerity and children put at risk of a ‘postcode lottery’ which meant their access to music was entirely dependent on their school or location.
To ensure the Anthem fund grows over the next three years, it will be drawn from a range of sources across the public, private and third sector.
The board will aim to give out up to £300,000 in grants each year, starting in 2021.
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams said: “I want all our young people, whatever their background or ability, to enjoy music and to be able to develop their talents and skills. [This] is a ground-breaking initiative that will not only increase access to musical experiences but also enhance existing music services.