Seven new music hubs are set to be launched in the South West, Arts Council England has announced.

The hubs in the South West will contribute to a new generation of music hubs nationwide, providing music education for children and young people.

These hubs form part of a national scheme providing investment in musical activities, equipment, and teacher training.

They aim to deliver the government's National Plan for Music Education, ensuring youngsters across the country get the chance to develop their musical talents by learning to sing, play instruments, and create music.

From September, Hub Lead Organisations (HLOs) will run these new hubs, working alongside schools, colleges, cultural organisations and others.

Darren Henley, chief executive at Arts Council England, said: "Music education is enormously powerful – it can enrich young people's lives, help them connect with the people around them, and start them on the pathway to fruitful and fulfilling careers.

"We are excited to announce this investment in a new generation of music hubs, which will support the brilliant work of our dedicated music teachers across the country."

The South West HLOs will receive more than £12.5 million from the Department for Education, including £9.4 million for the music hubs programme and another £3.1 million for instruments and technology.

These hubs will adapt their offerings based on local need, providing a variety of creative opportunities,

In Swindon, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire classrooms will gain access to the latest recording software and adaptive technologies, as well as outdoor performance spaces and podcasting facilities.

Phil Gibby, South West area director, Arts Council England, said: "We are thrilled to award £12.5 million from the Department for Education to seven music hubs across the South West.

"Each HLO will link thousands of children and young people with high-quality music education."

This South West initiative is part of a £101 million investment into music hubs across England.

Minister for arts, heritage and libraries, Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, added: “Whether it’s encouraging young people to pursue a career in our growing creative industries, or simply introducing new generations to the pleasure of music-making, this funding will help to unlock opportunities and nurture talent across the country."

School standards minister, Damian Hinds, said: "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."