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Creative Scotland has received £10 million in government funding to support an ambitious youth music program.

The Youth Music Initiative (YMI), which offers young people opportunities to get involved in the music industry, has been supported by the Scottish government since 2002.

Most of the funding announced today will be given to Scottish local authorities to deliver music making activities, primarily in schools starting in August 2015.

The remainder of the funding will go to organisations and individuals involved in music making activities outwith school, including training for youths.

Janet Archer, CEO at Creative Scotland, said: “The YMI will create new music making opportunities delivered by Scotland’s diverse and talented music practitioners.”

“Participants will learn music making skills, build their confidence, be provided with progression opportunities and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way.”

The programme supports 300 projects each year, covering all musical genres and age groups.

Commenting on the success of the programme, Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, said: “This is an innovative and popular programme which has made a real difference to the lives of our young people.”

“The Youth Music Initiative has created career pathways for Scotland’s young talent as well as giving many thousands of young people across the country the opportunity to learn about and enjoy making music.”

For details on how to apply please visit: http://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/youth-music-initiative

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