The British music education program Musical Futures is marking its fifth anniversary with a conference at London's Southbank Centre on June 30.

The In Your Hands event will feature performances by ten school acts and speakers including culture minister Margaret Hodge.

Musical Futures was established to devise new ways of engaging young people in music activities at school. It was developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant-making body, in partnership with several educational bodies and youth music organizations.

"Children are not abandoning everything in the normal music curriculum and concentrating on rock and pop, but they benefit hugely from a new approach to the way they learn, and to having more control over that themselves," says project co-ordinator Abigail D'Amore in a statement.

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