In Harmony Secures Funding for 2015-18
12 January 2014
Arts Council England has confirmed another three years of funding for In Harmony, the UK-based project inspired by El Sistema.
Although exact figures are still subject to negotiations with the government, ACE made a strong commitment to funding In Harmony during the period 2015-18.
ACE’s continuing confidence in the In Harmony
programmes stems in part from the positive impact it has had on pupils’ academic
attainment, behaviour and general wellbeing. An evaluation conducted by the
National Foundation for Educational Research, commissioned by ACE, concluded
that In Harmony is ‘enhancing children’s social and emotional wellbeing and
improving their attitudes to learning.’ Another independent evaluation, focused
on the In Harmony Liverpool programme, highlighted ‘excellent musical progress,
improved academic achievement in English and Maths, improved school attendance,
and increased confidence, aspirations, teamwork, cooperation, resilience and
enjoyment of school.’
Julian Lloyd Webber, chairman of Sistema England, said: ‘Sistema England is delighted that the council recognises the very positive impact the In Harmony programmes are having on its children and their communities. We believe that additional funding from 2015 should allow further expansion across England.’