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Recipients Announced for the American Theatre Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

Over half a million dollars have been awarded in scholarships and grants to 30 student artists and 13 school communities.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative has announced recipients.
(© David Gordon)

The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative's 4-Year University Scholarships, Training Scholarships, and Classroom Resources Grants.

"Arts education, and making theater available to all young persons, is vital to the growth of our culture and society. The grant proposals received this year have shown the urgent need for arts funding in primary and secondary schools across America, and for young persons looking to further their arts education. I am proud that we are in the third year of this program, and am excited for the years to come," said Andrew Lloyd Webber in a statement.

The American Theatre Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative provides students at all levels with enhanced theater education to initiate meaningful relationships with theater in childhood and open doors for pursuing theater as children become young adults. The initiative provides classroom grants to create or enhance theater programs in our nation's schools. Scholarships for after-school and summer training programs, and tuition support for students pursuing theater in higher education, provide support on the individual level to students determined to make a career in theater.

In 2016, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation initially funded the initiative with an influential $1.3 million three-year grant. The project is an extension of the work Lloyd Webber, a multi-Tony Award winning composer-producer, is doing to promote and fund arts education through the foundation in the UK.