Charities

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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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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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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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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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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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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Music Venue Trust

+44 (0)777 866 8225

The Ministry, Borough Road, London, UK

Music Venue Trust is a UK registered charity which acts to protect, secure and improve grassroots music venues.

We work to gain recognition of the essential role these venues fulfil, not only for artist development but also for the cultural and music industries, the economy and local communities.

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Music for Autism

United Kingdom

Music for Autism is enhancing quality of life and raising public awareness through autism-friendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families.

Families note that the concerts help fill a major psychosocial void, enabling them to enjoy enriching activities that are inclusive and to experience the joy and power of music as a family.

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OHMI Trust

29 Woodbourne Road, Birmingham B17 8BY, UK

West Midlands

The OHMI Trust is a UK-based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for those who are physically disabled. 

The OHMI Trust’s objectives are to remove the barriers to music-making faced by physically disabled people, and to enable undifferentiated participation in musical life, whether at school, in the home or in a professional ensemble.

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The Nucleo Project

North Kensington, UK

The Nucleo Project was set up in 2013 to offer ensemble-based musical opportunities to children and young people in North Kensington, completely free of charge.

We are part of the global El Sistema movement, which began in Venezuela in 1975. A nucleo is a local centre of musical activity at the heart of its community, and this is what our young musicians are building for our local area. The Nucleo Project is open to any child who wishes to join our family.

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Scottish Brass Band Association

+44 (0)150 581 4502

Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

Being the oldest established national brass band association in Europe, the Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA) has been looking after the interests of Scotland’s brass bands since 1895.

The Association regulates all contesting activities in Scotland, including the maintenance of a registry system for all Scottish bands. It also organises all the main events in the annual Scottish brass band calendar and plays an active role in supporting its member bands mainly through the provision of information, in supporting youth development, in preserving the history of the band movement in Scotland and in promoting brass bands and their music to the general public.

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Live Music Now

+44 (0)20 7014 2829

Studio 31 Berkeley Square Bristol BS8 1HP

Live Music Now is a part of people’s daily lives in special schools, community centres, hospitals, village halls and care homes with over 2,500 performances and workshops being given to some 150,000 people each year.

Thousands of young musicians have worked with the organisation and our research has shown that the vast majority of them have remained active and highly successful members of the music profession. They are our best advocates, for they have seen for themselves the impact of music on the lives of their audiences and participants.

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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.

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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.

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