All children in Hartlepool will be given the chance to take part in music thanks to funding for a new Music Education Hub.
The music service will cover Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland and will be set up over the next three years.
It will be run by the Tees Valley Music Service, after it was awarded more than £3 million from the Arts Council for the project.
Director of Tees Music Alliance, Paul Burns, said: “We are very excited to be part of this exciting, new Music Education Hub. There is so much musical talent in our region and we are looking forward to working with young people, schools and colleges and our partners within the Hub to nurture this.”
Josie Wilson, headteacher at St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Middlesbrough, said: “Music education has such a vital role to play in school life so it is great to hear that the support schools receive is not only set to continue but to expand as well.
“Music is already helping to improve our young people’s self-esteem and confidence and it has a really positive impact on our children’s behaviour too.
“I am so pleased to hear the future of this highly valued service is now secure and I’m sure the new partnership will help open up even more opportunities to even more young people.”
The Tees Valley Music Education Hub will be launched in September 2012 and will aim to ensure all children access music education at least four times during their school life.