JAM enables children (aged 4-17) to pursue their passion for music, develop musicianship and music appreciation through high quality music tuition at Queens.  Pupils come from a range of educational backgrounds and schools across greater Belfast, many are in areas of deprivation. 

The Foundation has awarded £14,760 to JAM at Queen’s to fund bursaries over the next three years for a new Strings programme. Additional funding has been provided by the Music for All programme to purchase new string instruments.

Welcoming the grant, Professor Adrienne Scullion, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's University Belfast said: “We are thrilled that our Junior Academy of Music is to be one of the recipients of funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.  

“This grant will enable Queen’s to engage even more with young children through the medium of music and to unlock the great potential for creativity and learning we know exists in our local community.”

Dr Juliana Licinic van Walstijn, JAM co-ordinator commented: “JAM enables children, aged 4 to 18, to pursue their passion for taking part in music, develop musicianship and create life-long appreciation of music. This is facilitated across a range of tailored programmes and through creative and high quality music tuition at Queen’s.

“Pupils come from a range of educational backgrounds and schools across greater Belfast, with many from areas of deprivation. This funding will enable us to provide a number of bursaries to children who may otherwise be unable to take part in the programme, unlocking opportunities for those who may not traditionally engage with high quality music and cultural programmes.

“The new strings section which we intend to develop thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation grant will make a huge difference to what we can offer local children.”