Drake Music

+44 20 7739 5444

60 – 61 Old Nichol Street, London, United Kingdom

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

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 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.


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.


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.

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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Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF)

+852 2877 2625

Unit C, 8/F Wah Ha Factory Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF) is a charity that provides access to high quality, non-competitive free-of-charge arts experiences for all young people aged 5 to 25.

Established in 1993 by Lindsey McAlister OBE, JP, YAF organises inclusive and inspirational projects that reach out to youngsters of all cultures, backgrounds, languages and abilities, and actively creates opportunities for those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged.

What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand. – Confucius

YAF believes that quality art experiences can enrich the learning process by offering new ways of channelling energy and looking at the world. Amongst the multitude of crucial benefits that arts opportunities create are increased creativity, self-expression and self-esteem, plus problem solving, communication, leadership and teambuilding skills.


Community Music (CM)

+44 (0)20 7377 0621

Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, London E1 5HU, UK


Community Music (CM) is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music making opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

We do this through a diverse and exciting programme of courses, live gigs, informal training and events, including degree level music production and business training, free instrumental tuition, career development and support packages, music leader training courses and a whole host of live events from small intimate gigs in our purpose built theatre to hosting our own stage at the Underage Festival. All of our programme is either free or very low cost to the user.

Our experience, diverse team and industry standard facilities mean that we are able to work directly within the local community, running grass roots projects and delivering tailor-made training and support on a one to one and group level, whilst also offering our programme on a national and international basis.

We work with children, young people and adults aged 13 years and up. We aim to provide a safe, welcoming space where young people and adults can explore the music making opportunities available to them, try new things and develop a passion for music.

All our tutors and leaders are professional musicians or producers currently working in the music industry. We train all our music leaders in house and all our tutors are fully qualified and highly experienced.

We work in partnership with a host of local and national companies, institutions and professionals to ensure our provision is of the highest quality. Our partners include the University of Westminster, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service, Eat Your Own Ears and Futureversity to name but a few.


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Lang Lang International Music Foundation

+1 (0)212-518-7175

215 West 40th Street, New York, NY, USA

In 2008, our organization  set out to change the face of music education.

Our goal was to educate, inspire and motivate the next generation of music lovers and performers. With your support, we have not only achieved that, but we continue to do so on a larger scale than I ever imagined possible.

Music Education UK

Finchcocks Charity

+44 (0)1892 523203

51 Frant Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5LE, UK

An extraordinary collection of early keyboard instruments housed within an architectural marvel!

Finchcocks Charity was founded by the now closed Finchcocks Musical Museum to support performance, restoration and maintenance of period keyboard instruments and now is responsible for the remaining core collection of instruments of the museum.

Music Education UK

CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

+44 20 3601 2978

52d Maresfield Gardens, London, United Kingdom

Founded in 1998 with the aim of developing the next generation of chamber music lovers and players, the charity CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust exists to bring chamber music to young people, and young people to chamber music.

To this end, its work is divided into two broad channels: on the one hand is a series of highly engaging school concerts and workshops delivered by experienced and celebrated ensembles, introducing and hopefully developing an appetite for chamber music amongst the pupils encountered; on the other is a subsidy programme – known as the Ticket Scheme – that works with a variety of concert promoters to cover the costs of admitting young people to chamber music concerts, so that they can access professional music-making without charge.

Over 130,000 young people have already benefited from CAVATINA‘s work.

Music Education UK


+44 7817 550 510

London, United Kingdom

At Fairbeats! projects, all children are given the opportunity and skills to express themselves and connect with others through music.

Fairbeats! is working to enable children and families from new minority communities to overcome the barriers they face to participating fully in the musical, cultural life and wider society in the UK.

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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO)

+44(0) 20 7759 1880

Somerset House, Strand, London, United Kingdom

NYO believes in inspiring its teenage members with a sense of personal responsibility for giving world-class performances.

That starts with giving them fantastic role models. Together we’re building the future of orchestral music.

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Music in Detention

+44 20 7014 2811

90 York Way, London, United Kingdom

Music In Detention believes that working through music can give immigration detainees a powerful way to voice their feelings, concerns and hopes.

We also believe that music can help break down barriers of prejudice about immigration and asylum, so we work with communities local to detention centres to create music in response to detainees and their stories. We’ve been bringing expert musicians into centres since 2005. Each year, we involve around 2,500 detainees and 200 community participants, in over 200 workshops and produce up to eight CDs of new music.

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Music for Health

+44 (0)1243 779228

32 Oving Road, Chichester, United Kingdom

Driven from the brief that music profoundly effects all our lives, both consciously and subconsciously, David started on a journey that would eventually become ‘Music for Health’.

More than 22 years ago, when David was a pro musician, he became a dedicated watcher of the people around him. He noted that when people were functioning at their optimum level, they would usually listen to what they would describe as their favourite music. Yet when things were not going too well, they would turn to many other types of music and this appeared to help them to re-balance. It seemed to David that if he could identify that optimum place, he could compose and record tailor-made music for individuals that would guide them back to what was now called their ‘key note’.

Eventually, Music for Health was launched. Residents, staff, owners and managers were staggered at the results. Most residents in Care Homes aren’t in a position to carry out this natural re-balancing for themselves. This is also compounded by their very limited bilateral movement. Putting both of these things back into residents’ lives alongside our holistic approach, plus the finer human qualities we freely give, has (as you will see) magical results. We are continually seeing residents blossom into the people that they really are.

Music Education UK

Lime Music for Health

Manchester, United Kingdom

North-West England

The Music for Health team has been delivering music across Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT) since 2009.

The work so far has included:

  • the delivery of specialist musical activity in the wards and at the bedsides of patients (this work is delivered by highly skilled Music for Health practitioners trained by Music for Health Specialists)
  • Music for Health training for RNCM students and CMFT staff
  • commissioned training for professional and voluntary musicians and healthcare students (from Manchester and Salford Universities)
  • European partnership projects with France, Ireland, Poland and Finland and presentations at a number of conferences
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OpenUp Music

+44 117 914 0917

Southmead, Bristol, United Kingdom

OpenUp Music empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras.

Together we develop accessible musical instruments and repertoire, challenge expectations and forge new progression routes through the creation of great music.

Music Education UK

Music in Hospitals & Care

+44 1932 260810

44-46 Terrace Road, Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC) brings interactive live music sessions to people who are receiving care or treatment in healthcare settings across the UK.

We aim to make people feel good, one tune at a time.

MiHC is a UK charity, founded in 1948. Our live musical sessions are designed to humanise clinical settings, to reach and connect people, to encourage communication and meaningful interactions and to elicit emotions and memories when it matters most.

European String Teachers Association UK (ESTA UK)

35 Calthorpe Road, Birmingham B15 1TS, United Kingdom

West Midlands

ESTA UK is dedicated to the needs of string teachers across the UK and to improving the quality of string teaching at every level, from toddler to conservatoire.
They provide support and professional development through their website; their magazine, Arco; and by organising events across the country throughout the year.
They offer generous financial benefits to members, including free insurance and legal cover, funding to put on local events and discounts to ESTA-organised seminars.
ESTA UK believes that music can change lives; that every child has the right to learn music; and that music teachers are responsible for the future generations of musicians and music lovers.
  • Free insurance and legal cover including Public Liability, Employers Liability Insurance with a 24-hour legal helpline and 24-hour tax helpline
  • Free customisable listing in our online public directory
  • Discounts on events organised by ESTA
  • Quarterly magazine Arco and biannual youth magazine JESTA, with unlimited copies of JESTA for your students
  • Reference videos and books on loan
  • Repertoire database for finding and suggesting repertoire suitable for students at all levels and searchable by musical and instrumental technique
  • Nannie Jamieson Nutshell Fund for assistance with short courses relating to teaching string instruments
  • Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for help in introducing young players to chamber music.
ESTA UK is a member of ESTA. ESTA UK is ESTA String Teachers Association Ltd, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity
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Sing For Pleasure

0800 0184 164

Bolton Music Centre, New York, Bolton, United Kingdom

Sing For Pleasure is a UK choral charity which aims to encourage better singing for adults and children through training courses, singing events and self-published songbooks.

They offer a team of first class tutors and dedicated volunteer support from our loyal members,  a wide range of children’s singing days, adult singing days, festivals and workshop opportunities for singers to develop their personal skills through the ‘Musicianship for Singers’ courses, technique sessions and specialist sessions with vocal experts as well as a well established and respected Conductor Training Programme providing regular courses both regionally and nationally.

English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

+44 (0)20 7485 2206

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

EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. They are here to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

They preserve these arts as well in their award-winning library, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), named after former EFDSS President, composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

From big bands to solo singers, morris dancers to contemporary choreographers, schools to mass participation, intimate folk clubs to major concert halls – their work reaches far and wide.