London's mayor, Boris Johnson, has launched a new music charity to help children in the capital with their music education. The Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians will raise £2m by March 2012, which will provide 400 children aged 7–11 with four-year music scholarships. These children will receive small-group instrumental tuition, access to instruments and Saturday music school, individual mentoring and regular performance opportunities.

The fund will also give around 10,000 children up to the age of 18 the chance to work with professional musicians through partnership projects with orchestras and other music organisations. This partnership scheme will extend a pilot project launched last year which enabled local authority music services to work with six top London orchestras.