Established in October 1977 by the Government, the Music Office promotes knowledge and appreciation of music in the community, especially among young people, through the provision of instrumental and ensemble training and the organisation of various music activities with a view to building a new generation of concert audiences. It has come under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department since January 2000.
The Music Office runs three training programmes: Instrumental Music Training Scheme, Ensemble Training, and Outreach Music Interest Courses, which together provide music training to more than 8 000 trainees each year. In addition, it organises international music exchange programmes for youth, the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp, youth music interflows and a variety of music promotional activities for about 170 000 participants each year. Its target groups range from primary and secondary school students to members of the public from all walks of life.