Rhythmix

+44 (0)870 141 7484

Rhythmix, Queens Road, Brighton, United Kingdom

South-East England

Rhythmix is a music and social welfare charity that provides opportunities for music-making to people in challenging circumstances.

We believe in the power of music to transform lives and that everyone should have the chance to express themselves through music. Music-making gives people the opportunity to gain independence and an insight into their skills, to hone their talents and to engage with professional musicians as their Rhythmix tutors.

Working with people in challenging circumstances

We work with vulnerable people across the South-East of England, including children and young people (in care, with disabilities, with mental health problems, in hospital and hospices), people who are homeless and older people with dementia.

We are supported by public donations and through our partner organisations.

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Choir Schools’ Association

+44 (0)13 5922 1333

The St, Market Weston, Diss, United Kingdom

Choir Schools are amazing places where young choristers enjoy learning and playing. Their work takes them into stunningly beautiful buildings on a daily basis.

There is no better educational and musical training start for boys and girls aged 7 years and up who love to sing. The Choir Schools Association is here to help parents and youngsters to make the most of this incredible opportunity.


CSA represents 46 schools attached to cathedrals, churches and college chapels in Great Britain and elsewhere.

The Association:

  • Supports and promotes choral music in the Christian tradition
  • Promotes the values of choir school education, supporting choir schools and their heads
  • Promotes singing locally, nationally and internationally

Many CSA members are fee-paying independent schools. However, CSA also has some of the finest state schools in England in membership, as well as a number of cathedrals and churches without choir schools.

In addition we have overseas choir schools in Ireland, New Zealand, and USA as members.

CSA was founded in 1918 but represents school foundations dating back many centuries.

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Arts Council England

+44 (0)161 934 4317

The Hive, 49 Lever Street, Manchester, United Kingdom

Arts Council England works to get great art and culture to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich peopleÍs lives.

As the national development agency for the arts, they support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts.

Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Arts Council England is a distributor of public and National Lottery money in England.

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Music Publishers Association

+44 (0)333 077 2350

Synergy House, 114-118 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AA, UK

The Music Publishers Association exists to:

  • safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them
  • represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public
  • provide publishers with a forum, a collective voice and a wide range of benefits, services and training courses
  • promote an understanding of the value of music and the importance of copyright
  • and provide information and guidance to members of the public.

London

Music publishing generates over a quarter of the UK music industry’s £2.5 billion in export revenue and British songwriters wrote or co-wrote 21 of the top 100 selling works in the US in 2016.

As well as safeguarding and championing the interests of its members, the MPA aims to promote the value of publishing to the wider music industry, creative industry, government and the general public.

The MPA also owns and operates two commercial businesses:

Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society – MCPS is the UK collection society that licenses mechanical (or reproduction) copyrights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members.
Printed Music Licensing Ltd – PMLL represents music publishers to allow UK schools to make copies of printed music.
Collectively, these subsidiary businesses are known as the MPA Group. The MPA offers a number of other commercial functions for music publishers – including our range of widely-used template contracts, our blanket industry agreements, and in our role as the national agent for the dissemination of ISMNs.

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Creative United

+44 (0)20 7759 1111

New Wing, Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LA

London

Creative United provides a range of financial products and services designed to enable the growth and development of the UK’s cultural and creative industries.

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OpenUp Music

+44 (0)117 914 0917

8 Melbourne Road, Bristol, United Kingdom

South-West England

Playing music as part of a school or youth orchestra can be a truly life changing experience, encouraging children and young people to develop their talents and to experience teamwork, self-discipline, and individual expression. Unfortunately it is an experience that is closed to most disabled children and young people.

School orchestras are a very rare sight within special schools, there are very few youth ensembles that make provision for young disabled musicians and there is currently no national youth orchestra for those disabled by conventional musical instruments.

OpenUp (formally the MUSE Project) is a Community Interest Company with a simple mission – to open up orchestras and instruments to young disabled musicians. Whether that involves creating a musical instrument you can play with your eyes; providing tuition on an instrument you can control with your feet; or working with a school to help them establish their first school orchestra. OpenUp is there to help young disabled musicians to play a musical instrument, to develop their musicianship, and to experience the joy of performing as part of an orchestra for the very first time.

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Drake Music

+44 20 7739 5444

60 – 61 Old Nichol Street, London, United Kingdom

Our four key programme strands:

Learning & Participation – We deliver outreach and education initiatives in a wide range of settings, offering a wide range of high quality, lifelong-learning opportunities.

Training & Consultancy – We offer training and consultancy to music hubs, schools, arts organisations and more to share our expertise in SEND music delivery.

Research & Development – We bridge the gap between musicians and hackers, developers and technology makers to pioneer new accessible music technology.

Artistic Development – We support professional disabled musicians to develop their artistic practice so that they can play a major part in the cultural landscape.

Our Learning & Participation programme creates opportunities for disabled people to learn and develop as musicians – from primary school through to adulthood.

Our skilled team has an excellent track record of developing and delivering outreach, training and education initiatives for disabled musicians of all ages and abilities.

We research and develop new accessible musical instruments and technologies to create more ways with, by and for disabled people to make music.

Our artistic development programme supports disabled musicians to progress their work and we offer training and consultancy for teachers, music hubs and other organisations.

Drake Music is the leading UK national organisation working in music, disability and technology.

Our vision

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Our vision is an open, inclusive and accessible musical culture — a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

Who we are

Drake Music is a national arts charity working across the UK, with bases in Bristol, Manchester and London. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and are also funded through Youth Music.

We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology to make music accessible for over 20 years. In that time, we have developed a wealth of innovative and imaginative approaches to teaching, learning and making music.

We are experts in inclusive music-making in education and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making at all levels.

What we do

Central to our work is the belief that everyone can fulfill their creative and musical potential, given the right opportunities.

We work where music, disability and technology meet to:

  •  create opportunities and instruments that make music fully accessible
  •  increase participation in music-making at all levels
  •  build an integrated musical culture where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals

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NYMAZ

+44 (0)19 0454 3382

Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW, United Kingdom

Yorkshire and Humberside

We run music projects for 0-19-year-olds living in North Yorkshire, working with professional musicians to help children and young people develop new musical and personal skills, explore their creativity and build their confidence.

Working with brilliant partners like Live Music Now, Harrogate International Festivals, Connecting Youth Culture, Accessible Arts & Media, Musicport, Dales Jam, Skipton Extended Learning for All and Skipton Camerata, our projects cover a wide range of genres from pop and rock to jazz, world, classical and folk.

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Sound Connections

+44 (0)20 7729 7220

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom

London

Sound Connections develops, enables and empowers individuals and organisations to deliver high-quality music-making with children and young people across London.

We achieve this through three interconnected strands of activity:

  • Music programmes and projects: We are uniquely placed to manage meaningful partnerships and programmes providing music-making activities for 0-24-year-olds across London. In partnership, we provide music-making, mentoring and work experience opportunities to develop young people and improve their opportunities in life. We also bring young people into decision-making, enabling them to engage and contribute more fully to the debate around their provision.
  • Information and training: We provide a wide range of courses, bespoke advice and support to those delivering and managing activity to ensure higher quality music provision for young people. We also offer extensive information on job roles and work within the sector and signpost to a broad range of training and networking provision.
  • Research and development: By using the knowledge and evidence gathered from our activities, training programmes and relationships with over 2,500 members and regional and national decision-makers, we continue to inform and improve the music education sector.

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Youth Music

+44 (0)20 7902 1060

9 Tanner Street, London, United Kingdom

Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.

Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.

Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.

 

Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.

Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.

Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music. 

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Sing Up

+44 (0)20 7908 5148

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Sing Up places singing at the heart of education by providing a complete singing package through a digital music platform, termly magazine and training.

With over ten years’ experience at the forefront of music education, we have created Membership packages that are flexible and well-loved by teachers and vocal leaders across the world.

Whether you are a teacher, a freelance music educator, a music service or a music education hub, Sing Up will enable you to cultivate strong communities and healthy, happy and confident students.

Sing Up resources

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices.

Our resources are designed to help you use singing for cross-curricular learning in the classroom or to act as a complete foundation for musical learning across the school – from Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

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NYCGB (National Youth Choirs of Great Britain)

Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS, UK

North-East England

About NYCGB

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) comprises five constituent choirs for young people from primary school age to those leaving University.

Collectively, we aim to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK, discovering and nurturing exceptional musical talent, providing unrivalled performance opportunities and world-class musical and leadership training to the widest possible range of young people in society, creating the next generation of music-lovers and choral enthusiasts who will in turn guarantee the continuing excellence and variety of the UK’s vibrant and diverse choral tradition.

The NYCGB Vision

NYCGB’s vision is to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK.

Our goals are to:

  • Discover exceptional musical talent
  • Provide inspirational teaching and guidance
  • Create exceptional performance opportunities
  • Enthuse young people from all backgrounds in the joy of singing
  • Enable outstanding cultural leadership

We aim to inspire our members through stimulating creative processes, diverse performance opportunities and through exciting encounters and collaborations.

Underpinning these goals is the aim to ensure participation and inclusivity from the widest range of young people.

How many choirs are there?

Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best young singers in Britain, NYCGB now consists of five choirs containing a total of around 750 young people aged 9-25:

  • The National Youth Boys’ Choir for boys of ages 9-15. Incorporating the specialist changing voices ensemble Cambiata Voices.
  • The National Youth Girls’ Choir for girls of ages 10-15.
  • The National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18.
  • The National Youth Choir for mixed voices of ages 16-22.
  • The National Youth Chamber Choir for young professionals and those studying to become professional singers up to age 25. Incorporating the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.

When do the choirs rehearse?

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses. This means that you can still sing with your regular choir/s during the rest of the year, and at Christmas – in fact, we think regular choral singing is a really good idea.

These intensive courses provide excellent opportunities to develop your vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.

Where do the courses take place?

We visit a number of different places in the UK for our residential courses, because our members come from all over the UK.

As a national organisation, the choirs of NYCGB perform in geographically diverse locations across the UK. Reaching people in different areas helps the organisation to join up with people involved in singing at different levels all over the country, and to find young singers who might not otherwise realise that they can apply to join in.

What happens on a residential course?

NYCGB residential courses include full and sectional rehearsals, individual voice coaching and lessons in musicianship. Junior choirs also practice Alexander Technique with qualified practitioners.

We aim to stretch and challenge our members to develop a flexible and creative approach to performance and to help them to embrace a diverse repertoire.

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One Day One Choir

London, United Kingdom

Since we started in 2014, more than a million people around the world have connected with us to sing for peace and unity. Check the website for a list of performers.

Since we began in 2014 – as a response to growing unrest and conflict in the world – more than a million people, from all walks of life and a huge array of different singing groups, have joined in and sung with us in more than 50 countries. We’ve also gathered and are being helped by some wonderful supporters and collaborators.

Vladimir Jurowski / SingUp / Roxanna Panufnik / Action for Happiness / Together Productions / Sir Mark Elder CBE / Peace One Day / Eugene Skeef FRSA / Baroness Helena Kennedy QC / Music in Offices / Jeremy Haneman / Care Schools Pakistan / Peace Mala / Professor Andre de Quadros / The RSA / Sandi Toksvig / Paul Haines Peacewalk / The Choir BBC Radio 3 / Professor Nigel Osborne MBE / WE

London

Singing together has long been a powerful and positive part of bringing and holding communities together and uniting them in a social and healing way.

One Day One Choir was created by Jane Hanson FRSA, a choral aficionado, project leader, writer and educator, who is passionate about peace and singing and has researched, documented and broadcast the positive and powerful impact of singing together for many years.

Singing together for peace

Singing is probably the most universally accessible and inclusive activity we can do as anyone and everyone can join in at some level. It’s also good for us in so many ways – science has shown that when we sing (or chant) together our body produces feel good and social bonding hormones AND our hearts start to beat at the same tempo.

Singing has the power to make us feel calmer, happier and uplifted as well as having a direct and measurable impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. It’s even been shown scientifically to bond us with one another more quickly than any other group activity…

This is why we chose the harmonious and uniting power of singing together as a step forward to peace and unity through One Day One Choir – and because it’s fun and fab!

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BhutanMusicFoundation

The Netherlands

  • BMF is initiating a quarterly magazine centered around the benefits of music in all disciplines: mathematics, spacial relationships, memory, language, social teamwork, collaborations, regular commitment and discipline and much, much more!
  • BMF plans bi-monthly Skype lessons with the Kilu students on how to practice efficiently. Many mental techniques will be presented that will help them in all their subjects, not just music.

The Kilu Mentorship Project - With Kilu Music School

    •    We are celebrating our 6th year of scholarships, ranging from 15-22 kids per year depending on local demand. Approximately 2000€ per year.

The BhutanMusicFoundation is a non-profit organisation formed in 2011 and based in The Netherlands for the creation and promotion of musical activity and education in Bhutan, with an emphasis on traditional Bhutanese cultural heritage.  

They also support general musical education and promote Bhutanese music abroad.

Message from the Kilu Music School board, 2018:
‘We would also like to thank you and the BMF for continuously supporting the mandate of Kilu. It would be difficult for the current board to keep the School going on without your full-time support.’


Header photo: Bhutanese children singing

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British Flute Society

+44 (0)12 2867 0306

29 Eskdale Gardens, Purley CR8 1ET, United Kingdom

London

The British Flute Society is Europe’s oldest flute organisation and has a lot to offer its members.

Pan, the Society’s journal, is recognised world-wide as a highly informative and entertaining flute journal. Three times a year Pan brings you articles on all aspects of the flute and flute playing. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, listings of concerts, courses and reviews of new music, books and recordings.

Every quarter, Pan brings you articles on all aspects of the flute and flute playing. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, concert listings, courses, as well as reviews of new music, books, and recordings.

Membership to the British Flute Society includes:

  • a subscription to the British Flute Society’s journal, Pan
  • reduced rate entry to many BFS events
  • an introductory discount at AFT retailers (UK only)
  • a discount on instrument insurance (UK only) courtesy of Allianz Musical Insurance
  • access to a UK-wide network of BFS Area Representatives
  • access to the members’ area of the BFS website

The members’ area of the website includes:

  • the facility to manage your own membership details and subscriptions
  • a searchable archive of current and past copies of Pan
  • a member search to find like-minded people in your area
  • the facility to submit events or links to be advertised on the website
  • submission of articles for possible publication in Pan
  • a list of national flute choirs

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London Music Fund

+44 (0)20 7983 4258

City Hall, London, United Kingdom

Since 2011 we have funded 32 inspirational projects reaching over 9,000 young people.

These ambitious projects range from West End musicals to funk, classical to grime, and give 7-18 year olds the chance to learn from and perform alongside professional musicians in iconic venues.

Read more about projects we have supported here.

Grants are awarded for up to £15,000 per project, and must be led by one London Music Service with at least two other professional partners.

Scholarships

We award four-year music Scholarships to children who have started learning an instrument and are doing really well but whose families find it difficult to pay for music lessons, meaning that without our support they would have to give up their studies. Since 2011 we have awarded 426 Scholarships to young musicians in London.

What does a scholar receive?

  • Weekly instrumental tuition at a suitably challenging level, normally in small groups (2-6 per group) or, in exceptional circumstances, one-to-one
  • Compulsory attendance at a weekly ensemble of a suitably challenging level
  • Regular performance opportunities at school, music service and elsewhere
  • Invitations to attend special projects and go on trips to professional concerts
  • A well maintained instrument which can be taken home
  • A named Mentor who is the liaison between the Scholar and family, music tutor and school

In order to be eligible for an award Scholars should:

  • Be in Year 5 at the latest
  • Attend a junior school in London where there are no school fees
  • Have been learning a musical instrument for a minimum of one year
  • Show potential and commitment to learning, but come from a family where the ongoing cost of tuition would be prohibitive.

London

Our vision is simple: we believe that every child who shows musical potential should be given the opportunity to develop that potential, regardless of their background.

We fund two programmes: Scholarships and Partnerships. Working in collaboration with the 32 London borough Music Education Hubs, we work with schools, community music providers and professional musicians across London to develop musical opportunities for children and young people.


We are delighted to be supported by ABRSM, working with them on a series of Playing Days for our scholars which focus on creative music-making. The video above showcases our 2017 Scholars’ Graduation.


Can you help?

With no statutory or government funding, 100% of our income is from individual philanthropy, corporate support and trusts and foundations.

Over the last 5 years, our supporters have helped us to award 380 four-year Scholarships and to fund 29 large-scale projects, reaching over 8,000 young musicians. In total, £1.6m in grants has been given directly to support music education in London.

If you believe in the power of music to change lives we hope you will join us in ensuring thousands more young musicians have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Click here to donate

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The Sing Up Foundation

+44 20 7908 5148

Bloomsbury House, Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

As part of its 10th Birthday celebration in 2017, Sing Up has announced that it will be creating a new charity – the Sing Up Foundation.

Sing Up has always been a champion of the wider benefits of singing – for education, social and health outcomes – and we want to mark our 10th birthday with a commitment to a new charitable purpose around singing. From creating meaningful support networks around singing together to improving cognitive ability, singing is a powerful and underused tool for considerable positive impact.

The planning is still in the relatively early stages and a large part of the organisation’s 10th Birthday work will be about researching need and renewing an understanding about where the Foundation can best make a difference, but Sing Up is particularly interested in working with schools and other services around the specific challenges that people face in 2017 and the extent to which regular singing can be part of a solution.

The intention is that the foundation will look at supporting work in 3 areas:

  • Singing for teens with mental health challenges
  • Singing for children with special educational needs
  • Singing for older people

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Spitalfields Music

+44 (0)20 7377 0287

St. Margaret's House, Old Ford Road, London, UK

Founded in 1976 as an annual Summer music festival, Spitalfields Music has been putting music at the heart of East London for over 40 years.

We aim to bring artists, audiences and communities together so that everyone can find, explore and share extraordinary music in one of the most vibrant areas of London.

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PPL

+44 (0)20 7534 1000

1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DE

Established in 1934, PPL exists to ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work.

PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and recording rights holder members.

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CoMA

+44 (0)20 7739 4680

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, UK

CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) was founded in 1993 to enable musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music.

It has a national network of instrumental and vocal ensembles, an expanding international programme and a unique music collection of hundreds of new works.

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