Organisations

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 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

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.

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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

Wren Music

+44 (0)183 753 754

Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, United Kingdom

South-West England

Wren Music is a company of skilled, experienced and highly qualified professional musicians of international repute. In addition to their artistic talent, they bring the qualities required by skilled educationalists.

These include strong people skills and innovative teaching practices as well as a passionate commitment to working creatively with individuals and communities.

Wren enables thousands of people every year to participate with music using voice or instruments through traditional and folk music. We have over 30 years’ experience in community music and can offer ‘off the shelf’ workshops or build projects around your needs.

Wren is deeply rooted in local communities as well as having a national and international reach, working in partnership with traditional artists from all over the world. Wren runs events and concerts all across Devon with many opportunities to get involved as well as to listen.

Music Generation

+353 1 475 8454

NCH Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality performance music education, comprising vocal and instrumental tuition – encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles – delivered by skilled professional musicians.  

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.


Header photo: Music Generation Westport Children’s Choir in rehearsals for A Nation’s Voice © Clodagh Kilcoyne / Arts Council

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. 

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.

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.

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, Sing Up has 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.

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices. The 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, with Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

Musicians’ Union (MU)

+44 (0)20 7582 5566

62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ, United Kingdom

London

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is a globally respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

The Musicians’ Union has specialist full-time officials available to immediately tackle the issues raised by musicians working in the live arena and recording studio or when writing and composing. Such issues can range from copyright protection to valuable contractual advice or from the recovery of unpaid fees to crucial work in health and safety.

MU members, regardless of their genre of music, are part of one of the leading music industry bodies in Europe and the Union’s democratic structures offer every opportunity for musicians to influence MU policy.

Add to this the many services that the Union provides and you have an organisation that can assist its members throughout their professional careers and beyond.

British Kodály Academy

+44 (0)24 7641 1269

London, United Kingdom

London

The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator, Zoltán Kodály.

Kodály training develops musicianship through singing. The student engages in the most direct of musical responses without the technical demands of an instrument. This practical approach combined with a clear progression from the simple to the complex facilitates the development of excellent musicianship skills such as sight singing and keen pitch discrimination as well as high levels of musical literacy. Kodály training is suitable for all ages and stages and can be applied to all kinds of music from classical to world music and jazz.

The BKA runs courses for all adults. There are residential courses, day courses and fully accredited certification courses. We welcome specialist and non-specialist music teachers in all settings, whether working with children or adults, including Early Years, instrumental teachers and choir directors. We also welcome anyone wanting to develop their own singing, musicianship and, where applicable, conducting skills. All courses offer an opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of books and resources to support learning and teaching at all stages.

The BKA is a not-for-profit organisation which relies mainly on the subscriptions of its members. Run by a dedicated team of trustees and officers, the BKA is proud of its distinguished patrons and its affiliation to the International Kodály Society (IKS) and welcomes links with other like-minded people and organisations sympathetic to its aims.

Membership is open to all.

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.

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.

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.

Music for Youth

+44 (0)20 7759 1830

3rd Floor, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand London, United Kingdom

Music for Youth is a national youth music charity working to provide young people aged 21 and under across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression opportunities, regardless of background or musical style.

Established in 1970, our mission is simple: we believe that music, and the chance to participate in high-quality musical activities, should be open to every young person.

Music for Youth is about nurturing not only the next generation of musical talent, but the next generation full stop. Whether you’re a virtuoso violinist, or blindingly-skilled beatboxer, a young person who’s never had the chance to experience live music, or the leader of a primary school choir just starting out, we have something for you, or for the young people you work with.

MUSIC-ED

Association of British Orchestras

+44 (0)20 7557 6770

32 Rose Street, London, UK

The ABO has been involved in music education for over 25 years, managing centrally coordinated education projects, participating in research, Government consultations on the National Curriculum, reviews and professional development. As an Association it champions its member orchestras’ and opera companies’ education and community work, highlighting the work through publications, briefings, and conferences.

Youth Ensembles

In 2010 the ABO was asked to take on responsibility for youth ensembles by the former National Association of Youth Orchestras. Following a survey of youth ensemble members, we have developed the following key objectives for our youth ensemble membership:

  • To connect the youth ensemble membership with each other and with the professional sector, keeping them well informed and up-to-date with best practice to help build resilience and sustainability.
  • To champion youth ensembles, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public, through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins. We will track and influence the development of cultural policy and advocate the value of support for youth ensembles through local music education bodies and private investment.
  • To develop the skills and knowledge of those who work for or volunteer their tie to support their local youth ensemble.

In past years, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) has developed a role as coordinator of various national projects, including major initiatives involving the participation of a large number of member orchestras. As a champion of the education and community work of the UK's orchestras, one of the ABO's key objectives has been the support and development of this core area of work.  A series of nationally coordinated education projects over the past years resulted in a well-established Orchestras in Education programme, which existed to promote the education work of member orchestras and to develop the relationship between schools, teachers and orchestral players.

The ABO has also mounted a number of research initiatives, with a series of important industry reports being produced, such as regular statistical surveys of the UK's orchestras, and highly influential reports on environmental sustainability and noise damage to musicians.

London

The ABO is the national body representing the collective interest of professional orchestra, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. 

Our mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector, and we exist to provide advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.  The key Strategic Objectives of the ABO cover three areas of activity:  Connecting, Championing and Developing.

Using the framework of the mission statement, our key aspirations for 2016-2019 will be to deliver on these key objectives through:

  • Connecting members to other members and the wider industry through networking opportunities, keeping our members well-informed and up-to-date with best practice to help build resilience and financial sustainability.
  • Championing British orchestras and the wider membership, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins. We will track and influence the development of cultural policy from the European Union, UK government, local government and devolved administrations , and advocate the value of public and private investment in the orchestral sector.
  • Developing the skills and knowledge of our members’ staff, including providing and signposting to high-quality professional development opportunities for all tiers of management and musicians and nurturing emerging leaders.
MUSIC-ED

National Education Union (NEU)

+44 (0)345 811 8111

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

London

The National Education Union stands up for the future of education by bringing together more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK.

Combining the expertise and experience of both the ATL and NUT sections, the National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union.

MUSIC-ED

PRS Foundation

+44 20 8589 5544

2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

We are the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development across all genres.

We invest in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world.

MUSIC-ED

Music and the Deaf

+44 (0)7988 292218

Albion House Ravenshorn Way Renishaw Sheffield S21 3WY United Kingdom

Music and the Deaf is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to providing access, education and opportunities in music for deaf children, young people and adults.

The charity has built an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of what deaf people can aspire to and achieve in music, and is now led by CEO Danny Lane, himself a profoundly deaf musician and pianist.

MUSIC-ED

RadhaRaman Society

+44 (0)771 866 2890

United Kingdom

RadhaRaman Society mainly organises a yearly festival of Bengali folk music and dance called RadhaRaman Folk Festival in the North of England (Leeds) since 2011 and Baul and Vaishnav Music Festival in London since 2013.

This is purely a community art organisation that promotes the grandeur of Bengali colourful folk music and dance as serious art forms for young Bengali diaspora around the world as well as the audience from diverse cultural background in the West through collaboration with other forms of folk music and dances e.g. jazz, Irish dance, etc.