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
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.