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The Government have committed in the national plan for music education to continue to fund national youth music organisations (which include the National Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Choir). The national youth music organisations act as an important pinnacle of musical achievement to which all children and young people can aspire. In 2011-12 we are providing funding of £520,000, matched by a joint contribution from the Arts Council England and Youth Music. This is the same amount as in previous years.
From 2012, music education will be funded by the department in such a way that it will reward partnerships between local authorities and local music organisations, such as district and regional youth orchestras. Together we hope that these partnerships will open up new networks of music educators so that more children have a high-quality music education, including the opportunity to learn to sing, to play an instrument and to play music with others.