Charities

More Music

+44 (0)1524 831997

13-17 Devonshire Road, Morecambe LA3 1QT, UK

More Music can provide music-making workshops for your school or organisation that are high-quality and fully participatory. We involve all pupils and staff in fun and inspiring musical activities during school hours and for after-school clubs, as well as one-offs such as reward days and school arts festivals.

You could book one session, a full term or an academic year, just get in touch and let us know how we can help.

Email learning@moremusic.org.uk or call +44 (0)1524 831 997 for more information.

North-West England

More Music is a community music and education charity based in the West End of Morecambe, working throughout Lancashire, the North West of England and internationally.

Our year-round programme covers a breadth of music-making activity involving people of all ages and backgrounds. We are one of the longest-running and most highly regarded community music and education organisations in the UK.

More Music has a history of over 25 years of national and international projects that demonstrate flexibility, belief, imagination, partnership and connection.

Our Mission

More Music aims to build confidence and spirit in individuals and communities through creative arts activities, particularly music.

Our Values

Access: To create opportunities for people from across the social spectrum including people from diverse communities and those with different needs.

Imagination: To create new and innovative work of the highest quality that gives individuals an opportunity to discover and share their unique voices.

Community: To lead on work that transforms communities and develops practice that uses the arts to transform people’s lives.

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EPTA UK

+44 (0)8456 581054

London, United Kingdom

Services to Members

  • 3 Helplines
  • Advice Notes
  • A Members Handbook
  • Register of Members (updated annually) - alphabetical and geographical

Stationery

  • A range of stationery is available, including forms for reports, contracts and accounts, and a membership certificate.

Piano Teachers’ Information Centre

  • The Piano Teachers’ Information Centre is housed at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. It contains a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members are entitled to use.
  • The collection relies on donations from publishers, authors and other individuals. These are always welcome and should be sent to Susan Bettaney at Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB.

The John Bigg Scholarship Fund

  • This fund provides bursaries for talented young pianists in need. Details and application forms are available to members from the Administrator.
  • Any contributions to the Fund, via the Administrator, would be most gratefully received.

The Mark Ray Memorial Fund

  • This new fund, established in memory of Mark Ray, who gave so much to EPTA, is for Continual Professional Development. Application forms are available to members from the Administrator.
  • Any contributions to the Fund, via the Administrator, would be most gratefully received.

London

About EPTA

EPTA – the European Piano Teachers Association, UK Ltd was founded in 1978 by Carola Grindea, who also founded a Europe-wide co-ordinating body, EPTA.

EPTA now has Associations in almost every European country, and an International Conference of all EPTA Associations is held in a different country each year.

Mission, Vision and Aims

Mission

EPTA’s purpose is to raise the standard of piano teaching, piano performance and general musicianship in the UK by providing opportunities for pianists, piano teachers and other interested parties

  • to exchange ideas
  • to learn from others
  • to share the experience of high quality performances
  • to undertake research
  • to share information through meetings, seminars, courses, conferences and publications

Vision

EPTA seeks to encourage:

  • excellence in piano playing and piano teaching
  • wider participation, especially among young people, in playing the piano
  • greater opportunity for performance, both solo and ensemble
  • increased access to concerts and recitals in all ways, eg: locality, transport, cost, frequency
  • the promotion of piano performance, at all levels, and from all sources
  • increased discrimination amongst audiences over the quality of performances
  • greater recognition of their achievement for those who perform well, at whatever level
  • wider acceptance of the educational value of learning to play an instrument, in particular, an instrument on which harmonic sonorities are readily accessible
  • wider acceptance of the value of such musical skills as sight playing, ear playing, memorising and improvising;
  • a growing repertoire of high quality music for pianists of all levels;
  • thorough training of all piano teachers in both the pedagogical and the musical aspects of their profession;
  • recognition of such training by the award of an appropriate qualification;
  • recognition, by parents and students, of such a qualification as a minimum standard for anyone setting up a piano teaching practice;
  • a proper perspective in the use of examination systems

Aims

The aims of EPTA UK are to promote excellence in piano teaching and performance, to bring teachers and performers together and to raise standards within the profession.

EPTA aims to fulfil its mission by:

  • promoting conferences, concerts, lectures, seminars, workshops, masterclasses and other events
  • producing a professional Magazine, a Members’ Handbook and other publications
  • mounting courses for established teachers and students
  • promoting research into piano playing and piano teaching
  • organising competitions for performers and for composers
  • offering bursaries and awards
  • expanding the regional network and supporting the work of Regional Organisers
  • encouraging the work of ‘EPTA Young Artists’
  • expanding the mentor system for teachers, and maintaining a Helpline
  • establishing a reference library of audio and video recordings, books and other printed materials relating to the keyboard

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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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South Asian Arts

+44 (0)113 244 5523

Mabgate Mills Business Centre, Macaulay Street, Leeds, United Kingdom

South Asian Arts is an innovative organisation pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary Indian Music and Dance is performed, presented and experienced by audiences, participants and artists.

All underpinned by SAA-uk Concert Series, Music & Dance Academies, Summer School, Community Engagement programme and Artists Support programme.

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The Sitar Music Society

United Kingdom

The Sitar Music Society is a registered charity based in the UK.

Its aims are to advance the education of the general public in the history, theory and performance of Indian Classical Music and Dance in general and the Sitar in particular.

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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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