More than 200,000 young people across north London will benefit from more than £12 million to give every child and young person access to a high-quality music education.

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

Four hubs in north, east, west and south east London will get £12.1 million as part of the nationwide music education scheme in and out of school - including £3 million for instruments, equipment and technology.

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

The partnership will bring together music services from Haringey, Camden, Enfield, Islington and Barnet to co-ordinate music education in more than 400 schools.

An additional £578,000 will be invested in new musical instruments, equipment and technology across the boroughs.

Haringey schools perform at The Royal Albert Hall Image: Haringey Music Service

Haringey schools perform at The Royal Albert Hall Image: Haringey Music Service

The plan is to offer high quality music education through partnerships between educational, creative and organisations, in their local communities and throughout the country.

It is hoped that all young people will get the chance to develop their musical interests as far as they wish, including beginning careers in the music industry.

Haringey Council's cabinet member for children, schools and families, Cllr Zena Brabazon, said: “Music is wonderful art form which plays a powerful role in the growth of young minds, fostering cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.

“In Haringey, we are hugely proud of our music service and are delighted to be leading the hub for North London. This vital funding will go a long way to helping our talented youngsters and we are extremely proud to be leading this national initiative. Working closely with our neighbouring boroughs, we will do everything we can to provide these children and young people with the skills as well as the platform to be the best they can.”

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.

Michelle Walker, London area director of Arts Council England, said: “We’re thrilled to work with the Department for Education on this National Plan for Music Education. Each of our new London-based Music Hubs will ensure that children in the capital continue to have access to amazing musical equipment and world-class creative opportunities, maintaining London’s reputation as a musical trailblazer and nurturing the next generation of the capital’s musicians.

“Serving North London is a consortium of five organisations led by Haringey Music Service (HMS). The partnership brings together excellent music services from the London boroughs of Haringey, Camden, Enfield, Islington and Barnet to form a new partnership that will deliver quality music education and opportunities to the region’s children and young people.

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."

Other “music hubs” will cover east London, west London, and south east London. 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.