Lifeblood: Funding popular music education in Wales

James Hannam, Olivia Gable

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    In Wales, public and non-public music funders play a vital role in supporting a wide range of activities, including popular music education. However, the role of these funders remains widely ignored in academic literature, and a gap persists in research on both public and private Grantmakers.

    Our presentation thus presents several key perspectives to build a detailed overview of the ways funding is supporting popular music education activities in Wales. Firstly, we review the current funders supporting music education initiatives, including government-sponsored bodies and private foundations. We then compare the government-sponsored support of popular music education in Wales to that available elsewhere in the UK.

    Next, we draw from our interviews with Welsh music organisations and artists in receipt of funding and funders to demonstrate differences in definitions of popular music education and artist development. Turning to the funders, we present the unique criteria funders use when considering funding applications, which can influence the nature of funded educational activities. We consider this relationship between criteria and funded activities by examining the types of popular music education projects favoured by government-sponsored and private funders, including those aimed at children and those intended for professional development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - Jan 2020
    EventPopular Music Education in Wales: Time to Move Forward: Tramshed Tech - Cardiff, United Kingdom
    Duration: 30 Jan 202030 Jan 2020


    ConferencePopular Music Education in Wales: Time to Move Forward
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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