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£1.8m funding boost for Scotland’s next generation of musicians, dancers and artists

Friday March 22nd, 2019

Budding young artists, dancers and musicians are amongst hundreds of young people across Scotland celebrating a £1.8 million cash boost that will empower them to develop their skills and talents through a range of creative projects.BIGlotteryfund

The cash from the Young Start fund goes to 28 youth led groups which help young Scots to build their confidence and play an active part in realising their potential.

Amongst those celebrating is Lyra, a community based arts organisation in Craigmillar, Edinburgh which receives £82,728 to deliver a range of user led arts activities that will culminate in young people designing, commissioning and delivering 12 of their own unique music and dance performances.

Young people in transition between child and adult mental health services will be able to take part in creative art and crafts sessions, as PKAVS mental health and well-being picks up an award of £57,100 to deliver their Lost in Transition project.

In Edinburgh, The Fruitmarket Gallery will bring young people and professional artists together to deliver ‘Fresh Fruit’ a co-produced programme of activities and cultural learning events, thanks to an award of £99,903.

Young Start is delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund and awards dormant bank and building society cash to youth led projects.

Announcing the funding, totalling £1,864,384, National Lottery Community Fund, Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:

“Young Start helps ensure that Scotland’s next generation have the best chance by providing them with opportunities to develop their untapped talent and reach their potential. All of these successful projects are designed to engage and inspire young people to follow their dreams while building practical skills and confidence for the future. I am delighted to announce this latest investment totalling £1,864,384.”

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