The Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians (Mayor’s Music Fund) was founded in May 2011. It is a registered charity – independent of the Greater London Authority - established to support and benefit young musicians across the capital, especially those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
It does this through access to sustained, progressive instrumental tuition and the experience of working with professional musicians. The charity’s objectives are in line with the recommendations of the Henley Review of Music Education and the National Music Education Plan 2011.
Parents and educators have long recognised the significant difference that music can make to the lives of children. They know that music-making develops the mind and the personality in an extraordinary range of ways. For example it improves:
- confidence and sense of achievement
- powers of memory, concentration & self discipline
- intellectual development and attainment across the curriculum, particularly in literacy and numeracy
- motor skills including hand/eye coordination
- listening and sense of pitch and rhythm which underpin our perception and language skills
- creativity, artistic performance and appreciation
- sense of well-being and ability to deal with stress
- additionally group music-making has a capacity to encourage teamwork, striving for excellence in a non-competitive environment and being part of a community in which you play a valued role
[list of benefits adapted from Music Education in the 21st Century in the UK by Susan Hallam & Andrea Creech. Published in 2010 by the Institute of Education www.ioe.johnsmith.co.uk]
In independent schools, where cost to parents is a less pressing consideration, 50% of children receive weekly instrumental lessons, mainly on a one to one basis . Despite 80% of children saying they would like to learn an instrument, the equivalent proportion of regular instrumental learners in the state sector is 8.4%  and it is safe to assume that amongst socially disadvantaged communities the figures is considerably less.
The charity supports two specific programmes:
 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.  DfES survey of Music Services