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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.