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Monday, 7 October, 2002, 00:19 GMT 01:19 UK
Jagger grant gets students rocking
Mick Jagger
Jagger says children should be encouraged to sing
Rock star Sir Mick Jagger has donated 100,000 to his former school in the hope of fostering new musical talent.

The money was given to Dartford Grammar School, in Kent.

It will be spent on the Red Rooster project at the school's Mick Jagger Centre to encourage more children to start making music at an early age.

The donation comes two and a half years after the singer officially opened the centre, which he had already helped fund with a 500,000 grant.

Mick Jagger at school
Jagger played in the school's basketball team

Speaking from the Rolling Stones' US tour, Sir Mick said: "I believe we should encourage children to sing and play instruments from an early age.

"I was really impressed with the facilities and the staff when I first visited the centre and I hope that my contribution will help this great work continue and allow even more children to experience the thrill of making their own music.

"It is so important that they have somewhere like this where they can share their musical ideas and vision and be able to practise for as long as they like."

The project is named after the Rolling Stones' 1964 UK number one hit Little Red Rooster.


With Mick Jagger's act of kindness we will be able to change the lives of local children and adults

Head teacher Tony Smith

The money will help pay for a project director to develop music at pre-school music and primary school level and provide free local string and wind instrument projects.

The projects will be run with the co-operation of Maidstone-based Kent Music School and Trinity College of Music, in Greenwich, south London.

The centre already has two state of the art auditoriums, a 16-track recording studio and several music practice rooms.

The school's head teacher Tony Smith said: "We are deeply involved in the arts within the community and with Mick Jagger's act of kindness we will be able to change the lives of local children and adults.

"This project will fill a vacuum, making serious music opportunities available at a very early stage of education and providing instruments free."

Sir Mick was born in Dartford, on the outskirts of London, in 1943.

He left school in 1961 with seven O-levels and two A-levels, and went on to study at the London School of Economics, founding the Stones with childhood friend Keith Richards a year later.

He was made a knight in June, in the Queen's birthday honours list.


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