New music agency

24th January 1997 at 00:00
The Scottish Arts Council is to set up a national agency to look after traditional music in Scotland by 2000. The new agency will cover a broad spectrum, from ballads, airs and reels to contemporary groups and composers like Savourna Stevenson.

It will advocate the traditions, inform people and educate, liaising for example with the Scottish Office on the curriculum and developing classroom materials, supporting music workshops or improving educational skills.

After a year of consultations, SAC has concluded that the agency should be independent, so it can make traditional music its "sole, number one, interest", "be an independent voice and have a freedom of speech" and be able to "enter into funding partnerships" with private and public sector.

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