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Arts Education Takes Home Big Prize at Tony Awards

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Jun 13, 2016

On Sunday, June 12, during the 70th Annual Tony Awards, the American Theatre Wing announced its new Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative. This new national initiative, which is supported by a $1.3 million, three-year gift from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, will, according to The Broadway Blog, “support theatre education opportunities for young people and under-resourced public schools around the United States.”

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative has three main components:

  • Classroom Resources: Through a grant-giving program, funding will be provided directly to under-resourced public schools to provide instruments, dance floors, lighting grids, and other necessary materials to help create new and enhance existing theatre programs.
  • Extracurricular Training Scholarships: Funding will go towards covering the costs associated with sending select students to summer study and after school training programs.
  • 4-Year Partial University Scholarships: Financial support will be provided to select students to pursue theatre studies at the University level.

“I am passionate about the vital role of the arts in education,” Lord Lloyd Webber said. “Music is a universal language that knows no boundaries.”

Read the full article here.

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