Education and skills
In 2012 the Mayor recognised the particular importance of arts and culture for young people by creating the new role of Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture. This decision means that policy in these two fields is integrated at the highest level and that full consideration can be
given to making sure that arts and cultural education in London is of the highest quality.
As well as this commitment to education,
there has been an ambitious programme of cultural activities to engage and inspire young people. The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards, which run alongside the main sculpture commission, received a record 1,600 entries from schools across London in 2013. Music is a particular priority and Gigs, the Mayor’s competition for young buskers, now showcases London’s emerging talent to an audience of over
1.5 million people each year. Alongside this festival of youth music making, the Mayor’s Music Fund
has, in its first three years, raised £2 million, awarded 230 four-year music scholarships and given 6,000 young people the chance to learn and perform with London’s top professional musicians.