Mustardseed – A Mustard Seed for The World’s Greatest Vocal School
The British Vocal Academy’s Mustard Seeds, a four-year, $2.5 million-a-year program that aims to teach the world’s most talented singers to perform in the world, has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The program is part of a larger effort by the U:S.
government to create a world-class vocal education program.
Mustard Seeds began in 2013, when Mustard seed founder John Staggs visited London to attend the UBS Global Talent Summit.
The program has since expanded to include singers from around the world and has trained thousands of aspiring singers from the United States, Russia, India, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and Australia.
The award comes as the U.:S.
Congress debates the $1 trillion stimulus package and the need to create new vocal training programs.
The American Association of University Women, the largest U.K.-based feminist group, is leading the charge against the bill.
“The [funding] is part and parcel of a continuing push to address the needs of the nation’s vocal educators, many of whom are women,” U.B.W. Secretary-Treasurer Karen Robinson said in a statement.
“We urge Congress to reject the stimulus bill and ensure that voice education programs like Mustard seeds are funded.”
The money comes from the National Instrumentation of Education Grant, which supports projects like Mustards Seed, but it will also go to more than 4,000 educators in schools across the U., including vocal schools, performing arts, music, theater and dance, as well as vocational training programs for young people.