New London 'Music Hubs' are set to get more than £12 million in funding, as part of a scheme to deliver better music education for children and young people.

Arts Council England, on behalf of the Department for Education, has announced a new generation of Music Hubs covering every part of England.

Four new hubs will cover the regions of north London, east London, west London, and south east London.

The four London Music Hubs will receive a total of £12.1 million, including £3 million to invest in instruments, equipment and technology.

These will create opportunities for every child and young person in England to access high-quality music education both in and outside of school.

The consortiums providing these hubs are constructed from various music services across London.

The north London consortium, led by Haringey Music Service, will receive a total funding of £2,341,581 for music education, as well as instruments and equipment.

The partnership will bring together music services from the London boroughs of Haringey, Camden, Enfield, Islington and Barnet to deliver quality music education for children and young people.

West London was awarded a total of £2,846,016 and east London received £3,898,545 in funding.

The London West Music Hub is a consortium of five music services covering seven local authorities.

The East London Music Alliance (ELMA) is made up of Barking and Dagenham Music Service, City of London, Hackney Music Service, Havering Music School, Newham Music, Redbridge Music Service, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service and Waltham Forest Music Service.

South east London received the highest funding at £3,030,266, to form a South East London Music Hub, led by existing Music Hub leads Bexley Music, Bromley Youth Music Trust, Royal Greenwich Music Service, Lambeth Music Service, Lewisham Music and Southwark Music.

The new Music Hubs will help to deliver the Government’s National Plan for Music Education and the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy, Let’s Create.

These initiatives aim to give all children and young people the opportunity to develop their musical talents fully, while improving access to creativity and culture for all children.

The new hubs will begin in September 2024, led by four hub lead organisations that will work in partnership with schools, colleges, universities, cultural organisations, and local authorities.

Michelle Walker, London Area Director for Arts Council England, said: "We're thrilled to be continuing to work with the Department for Education on this refreshed National Plan for Music Education.

"As part of our revised programme, each of our new London-based Music Hubs will ensure that children in the capital continue to have access to amazing musical equipment and worldclass creative opportunities, maintaining London's reputation as a musical trailblazer and nurturing the next generation of the capital’s musicians."

School Standards Minister, Damian Hinds, added: "Studying and engaging with music isn’t a privilege, it’s a vital part of a broad and ambitious curriculum – and all children and young people should have access to an excellent music education and all the knowledge and joy it brings."