Year of Music

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The National Year of Music, a new initiative that will run throughout the 2009/10 academic year, was launched in September 2009 by Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. The ambition is to bring together and showcase the wide range of music-related experiences available to children and young people across England, and to encourage each one of them - whatever their talent - to get involved in music. Taking part in music and associated cultural activity can positively affect a child or young person's development in various ways - in terms of numeracy, literacy, emotional wellbeing, social inclusion and confidence-building, as well as being a fulfilling and enjoyable pursuit.


The Department for Children, Schools and Families, through its ongoing commitment to providing access to quality music and culture opportunities for children and young people, is committed to supporting music programmes including Sing Up, In Harmony and the Music Manifesto. The National Year of Music aims to celebrate the diverse opportunities available to children and young people across the country, and to continue to engage them through new and interesting music-related opportunities. By the end of the year there should be no doubt that music should be central to every child's experience.


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