Making culture more accessible
The GLA is committed to making art and culture more accessible. For example, we will continue to support the Royal Opera House’s free outdoor screenings in central London (external website) and we are keen to explore with other organisations ways in which they can try similar activities.
We are also exploring with London Councils the concept of a Londoners Card, which would give cardholders access to a range of services in London, including possibly sports, culture and leisure.
Boosting culture and arts in outer London
At the moment people who live further from the centre tend to participate less with London’s art and culture. We encourage locally based cultural activities and events through promotion and funding. We also seek to ensure that venues in central London are fully inclusive in their activities and try to engage all Londoners and visitors to our city.
Young people and culture
We support a range of events and activities to stimulate young people’s interest and engagement in arts and culture. For example Big Dance (external website), the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards and a large number of music activities across the capital.
Making Music Matter
our Music Education Strategy launched on 2 March 2010. It established a two-year music education programme in partnership with a range of key agencies, boroughs, charities and music organisations. GLA funding is giving 5,000 children the chance to learn and perform alongside London's top professional musicians. A new charity, the Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians, has been set up to develop this programme and also provide up to 1,000 music scholarships by 2015. The Mayor is also successfully profiling London's talented young musicians through his Rhythm of London programme.