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Arts world receives GBP 600,000 bursary

9th March 2010

A two-year grants programme will create at least 40 internships with established arts companies, the government has announced.

Prime minister Gordon Brown and culture minister Margaret Hodge revealed that the GBP 600,000 Creative Bursaries scheme will help graduates from deprived backgrounds find work in the arts.

The scheme is designed to stop the common use of unpaid internships in the arts, which often leaves those from low-income backgrounds at a disadvantage when seeking a route into the sector.

Mrs Hodge commented: 'There is no shortage of cultural and creative talent in this country. But breaking into the business and turning talent into a job or career can be really difficult unless you come from a well-off or well-connected background.'

Mr Brown added that the bursary will help the next generation of actors, artists and musicians who would have otherwise found themselves excluded from pursuing a successful career.

Last week, the culture minister told the Demos thinktank that budget cuts in the arts will not greatly help wider public spending reduction goals and could damage the UK's cultural capability and infrastructure.

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