Charities

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.

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. 

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Take Art

+44 (0)1460 249450

The Mill, Flaxdrayton Farm South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5LR

In case you didn’t know, Take Art is a unique, magical, life-changing organisation that doesn’t live in a venue, or studio or a whacking great theatre, but in the villages, towns and rural communities of Somerset.

Every year we work with thousands of people across the county, providing opportunities for all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts. From our hub in South Petherton, we run one of the UK’s most celebrated rural touring schemes, along with county-wide projects that focus on supporting artists, children, young people and communities….

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Urban Development

+44 (0)20 8536 0630

Unit 31, Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Rd, Kings Cross, London N7 9AH, UK

As a music development organisation based in Kings Cross’ Tileyard Studios, Urban Development plays an integral role in the growth of urban music in the UK.

Combining business acumen with an understanding of youth culture, we stand at the crossroads where the creativity of underground new music meets the music industry.

Abram Wilson © Benjamin Amure

Abram Wilson Foundation

London, UK

We provide:

  • Creative workshops in schools combining music with drama, dance and creative writing
  • Training for teachers to help them teach more creatively
  • Mentoring for talented, up and coming musicians
  • Training for our mentees to become workshop leaders
  • Live performances in the form of showcase events, gigs and touring

London

Founded in 2012, the Abram Wilson Foundation (AWF) is inspired by the late, great Abram Wilson and the values he embodied as both a critically acclaimed, award-winning musician and an inspiring educator.

His legacy and spirit live on in our work and those who are proud to have called him their teacher and mentor. In his short life, Abram achieved greatness. The Foundation exists to help others do the same.

Mission

The Abram Wilson Foundation supports young people to achieve their greatness through music.

What do we aim to do?

To equip young people with 21st century skills
Engagement in the arts helps develop key skills such as creativity and confidence – skills that are crucial for young people to thrive in and adapt to the rapid-paced change of 21st century society.

To improve access to the arts
Since 2010, the arts have been squeezed out of the curriculum, risking a two-tier system where those from underprivileged backgrounds continue to be deprived access to a creative education and/or career. We want to address this inequality and help make the arts accessible for all.

To help support the future of music in the UK
Through our growing music platform, we are helping to launch and sustain the careers of talented up-and-coming musicians.

How do we do it?

  • Creative workshops in schools combining music with drama, dance and creative writing
  • Training for teachers to help them teach more creatively
  • Mentoring for talented, up-and-coming musicians
  • Training for our mentees to become workshop leaders
  • Live performances in the form of showcase events, gigs and touring

Who do we work with?

  • Disadvantaged young people between 11-16 years with little to no engagement in the arts
  • Talented up-and-coming musicians in the early to mid-stages of their careers

What do we mean by greatness?

  • Developing skills under our 5Cs: Creativity, Confidence, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking
  • Succeeding in a full-time sustainable creative career

What role does music play?

The vast majority of our artists are trained in jazz and are inspired by everything from New Orleans, folk, afrobeat, hiphop/grime and Latin influences.

How do we make our work sustainable?

We aim to emulate the lessons we learned from Abram, an artist who was as much dedicated to his career as a professional musician as he was to passing on his knowledge to the next generation, inspiring his students to have the confidence to thrive. Since 2012, we have laid the foundations for a Lifelong Learning Model where we build an ever-increasing cohort of artists and educators who remain engaged with AWF throughout their careers, paying it forward by acting as role models, mentors and educators and in turn ‘recycling their greatness’.

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Children and the Arts

+44 (0)20 3326 2230

Oxford House in Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG, UK

Children & the Arts’ vision is for brighter, healthier, and happier children through the power of an inclusive and accessible arts sector.

We aim to achieve this through harnessing the creativity, enjoyment and aspiration of the arts to raise children’s confidence and success through experiences that last.

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Creative & Cultural Skills

+44 (0)20 7015 1800

High House Production Park, Vellacott Close, Purfleet, UK

Creative & Cultural Skills gives young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries.

We are an independent charity that provides careers advice and guidance, promotes apprenticeships, and delivers activities for young people through our National Skills Academy network of industry and education supporters.

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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.

CM

Community Music (CM)

+44 (0)20 7377 0621

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

London

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.