Billy Bragg has this week criticised the British education system for not supporting young people who may wish to pursue a creative career.
Speaking at the annual BBC John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival in Salford, Peel questioned why Britain's modern emerging music stars tend not to be from a state school background, using the government reforms for the new GCSE performance measure - the English baccalaureate as an example.
Yet Government-backed body Arts Council England announced on Tuesday they are to pilot a talent development scheme which will provide a £500K grant to an emerging artist in the commercial music industry.
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