In Harmony, England's social and music education programme that is inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, is adding four more projects across the country. Projects in Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham and Telford & Wrekin will join existing programmes in Liverpool and the London borough of Lambeth from this September.

All six projects are to receive funding from the Department for Education and Arts Council England (ACE), which together are investing a total of £1.5m from 2012 to 2015. ACE said in a statement: 'All six In Harmony projects will be encouraged to be entrepreneurial and to inspire other investment to help secure a sustainable longer term future.'

The four new In Harmony projects will be delivered by The Sage Gateshead, Opera North, Nottingham City Council and Telford & Wrekin Music, part of Telford & Wrekin Council. They join current project providers the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Lambeth Council.