Organisations

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

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.

Click here to donate

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. 

Musicus Society

(852) 3974 6601

Musicus Society, Unit 912, 9/F Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong

Musicus Society, founded in 2010 by cellist Trey Lee, aims to promote music and its education through cross-cultural collaboration.

The Society’s core activities include:

  • Cross-cultural collaborations between local and overseas artists
  • Commissioning of new music based on Chinese culture
  • Support of music education for students of all social backgrounds to foster future cultural ambassadors from Hong Kong

Trey Lee has been described as a “superb cellist” by the late conductor Lorin Maazel and a “miracle” by Gramophone. He has worked with conductors, composers and orchestras worldwide such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leonard Slatkin, Philharmonic Orchestra Radio France and BBC Philharmonic. He was the first Asian winner of of the prestigious International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition, and has been featured in Financial Times, on CNN and China’s national television CCTV.

Musicus Society curates the annual Musicus Fest, a festival which since 2013 has featured performances, masterclasses and symposiums from artists such as Oliver Triendl, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Hülshoff and Xufei Yang.

Of the festival, Lee said “the career of a professional musician has always encompassed a multitude of roles, going from the concert hall into the teaching studio, and venturing out into the wider community; the musician’s work can take place in intimate historic sites as well as vast modern venues. In this spirit, Musicus Fest incorporates a holistic approach to music making and the musicians themselves.”

 

Music Heals

+1 (604)-276-8742

Suite 301, 2245 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6K 2E4

We are a group of music enthusiasts and music lovers who have come together to help raise awareness of the healing powers of music.

Music Heals Charitable Foundation supports a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada. We increase access to music therapy for patients in children’s hospitals, senior’s centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, habilitation, and bereavement support.

Chiltern Music Therapy

+44 (0) 1442 780541

Office A, Irfon House, Stones Courtyard, High Street Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1DE

Chiltern is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation that provides music therapy services to people of all ages and many different needs.

Formed in July 2011 as a direct need for Music Therapy provision within the local area, our main services have grown to cover the southern counties of Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Gloucestershire and Bedfordshire.

Play for Progress

Suite 7, Onedin Point, Ensign Street, London E1 8JT

PLAY FOR PROGRESS established a weekly music programme in 2016, which we run in conjunction with the Refugee Council UK’s Children’s Section in Croydon for unaccompanied minor refugees and asylum seekers (teens under 18 who fled war and conflict) who have made it to the UK against all odds, and on their own.

We want to be there for them, to offer ways for them to connect with the diverse and often overwhelming city that is London, to practice their language skills, to release tensions and healthily offer respite from trauma in a safe space, to forge supportive friendships and relationships, and to explore and develop their own creative potential.

Orchestras for All

+44 20 7267 4141

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, United Kingdom

Orchestras for All has a big vision: music without boundaries.

Our mission is to unlock access to the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making.

OHMI Trust

29 Woodbourne Road, ​Harborne, Birmingham ​B17 8BY

Pronounced ‘oh-me’, the OHMI Trust is a UK-based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for those who are physically disabled. 

The organisation was established in 2011 by Dr.  Stephen Hetherington, who began his career as an orchestral musician.  It was Stephen’s own hemiplegic daughter, Amy, who alerted him to the lack of instruments available to disabled musicians.

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Sempre (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research)

20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL United Kingdom

The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (Sempre) was founded in 1972, growing out of the Reading Conferences on Research in Music Education that were started in 1966 by Arnold Bentley.

Originally known as the ‘Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education’ (‘SRPMME’), Sempre remains to this day the only society which embraces research in both music education and music psychology, providing an international forum to encourage the exchange of ideas and to disseminate research findings.

MUSIC-ED

Creative Futures

+44 20 8964 2700

Office 9A, The Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL

Creative Futures is a charity with a proven track record of delivering fun and inspiring music and arts projects that children from all backgrounds can take part in.

We boost young people’s learning, build self-esteem and bring together families who feel isolated in their communities.

MUSIC-ED

soundLINCS

+44 (0)1522 510073

soundHOUSE 18 St Martins Lane Lincoln LN2 1HY

East Midlands

soundLINCS’ mission is to provide a quality service for music which enhances, enables and encourages the development of music in an enjoyable way, through activities, advocacy and access to information.

soundLINCS is a not-for-profit community music organisation operating across the East Midlands. Working in partnership with local, regional and national organisations, soundLINCS provides and develops high-quality and innovative music-making opportunities and training for all ages and communities.

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.
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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.