Clare Adamson visited St Brendan’s Primary School in Motherwell to mark the 20th anniversary of the Youth Music Initiative.
The YMI is a Scottish Government music education programme, run by Creative Scotland, whose vision is to place music at the heart of the lives and learning of children and young people.
It currently operates on an annual budget of £9 million and supports music activities in schools and informal settings across Scotland.
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During her visit, the MSP of Motherwell and Wishaw said: “YMI has had a huge impact over the past 20 years and it was wonderful to celebrate this anniversary at St Brendan’s.
“It was heartwarming to see the choir back in action after two years of pandemic disruption. These children are exceptionally talented singers.
“We were treated to a wonderful melody including a sailor’s song!
“I was a facilitator for the education committee during its inquiry into tuition fees in schools.
“We’ve heard plenty of evidence of the value of music for development, creativity and confidence.
“In response to our work, the Scottish Government has funded the removal of fees for children learning a musical instrument in school. Breaking down barriers to music is a hugely laudable endeavour.
“YMI has reached over 270,000 young people and is currently supporting over 300 Scottish projects, creating almost 1,000 jobs and over 3,400 professional development opportunities.
“My thanks to the staff at St Brendan’s, Creative Scotland, and especially the students for their fabulous performance.”
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