A new way of delivering arts and youth music will be available in Worcestershire from today (1).
Severn Arts (previously Worcester Youth Music) will be a new 'not for profit' company and will operate as a social enterprise to deliver music education and wider arts opportunities, running the service independently from the Council.
Severn Arts has set up as a business entity separate from the Council. It means going forward they can develop business partnerships, attract grants from the Arts Council and will offer a wider range of services to children, young people and adults across the county.
The social mission of the organisation will be to work in partnership with schools and other agencies to deliver an efficient, effective, vibrant, rich, and broadly-based educational experience in music and the arts to every child and young person in their care, enabling them to fulfil their full potential in each of the academic, personal and social dimensions
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: "Severn Arts taking the service over completely is good news for children, young people and schools in Worcestershire.
"The youth music service is well-established and very popular and today's handover means an even wider range of music services will now be delivered."
Chairman of the board at Severn Arts, John de la Cour, said: "It is a tribute to the County Council that Worcestershire still has an extensive music service, and the foresight to entrust its continuance and growth to independent hands."
For more information about Severn Arts go to https://www.severnarts.org.uk/