Decca Records has launched a new Universal Music UK Sound Foundation bursary, The Decca Bursary, which will give children across the country the opportunity to experience classical music.
An official press release stated that, “the Decca Bursary aims to inspire and encourage a new generation of classical musicians and composers. Its mission is to help children afford a classical music education, no matter their financial background.”
Individuals in full time education (or schools, teachers & parents/guardians on their behalf) will be able to apply to the foundation for a grant up to a maximum value of £2000. Grants are open to eligible individuals and ensembles, in need of funding for classical music lessons, instruments and courses throughout the UK. Applications for awards will open in the New Year.
Speaking about the launch, Decca Records president Rebecca Allen, said: “As a 90 year old British music label, we have been appalled to learn about the continuous cuts being given to the arts in state schools across the country. Our industry thrives on the continuous flow of exciting new artists. It is deeply upsetting to think that young children, from whatever their background, are not even being given an opportunity to explore music. Supporting the bursary is one small way in which we can help to inspire a new generation of classical music lovers and to provide assistance in their journeys of discovery and development.”
For the first step in raising funds for The Decca Bursary, a team from Decca Records and Universal Music UK are going to tackle the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales in one go. On September 28 and 29, Team Decca will attempt to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, covering 26 miles (42km) of horizontal distance and 3,000m (9,843ft) of vertical ascent, all to raise money to keep classical music education alive and thriving.
All monies donated will be used for The Decca Bursary, a restricted fund of Universal Music UK Sound Foundation.
Decca A&R Manager, Fiona Pope, who has been working on the project from inception, added: “The bursary aims to give that ‘first foot’ into classical music that a financial barrier could halt. The opportunity to learn an instrument, and the positive outcomes across all aspects of achievement that it brings, should be for everyone. The idea that the next Pavarotti or Mozart could be within our midst but can’t afford to discover their talent is ludicrous.”
To support the Three Peaks Challenge visit the Just Giving Link here.
Decca celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. You can revisit our cover story here.