London Music Fund aims to raise £40k through Big Give Christmas Challenge

London Music Fund, a charity which supports young musicians through a scholarships scheme, has launched a fundraising campaign as part of  The Christmas Challenge – the UK’s biggest online match-funding campaign. The charity aims to raise £40,000.

During the Christmas Challenge, donors to the London Music Fund will have their donation doubled while the campaign is live between 12pm on Tuesday 27 November and 12pm on Tuesday 4 December 2018.

London Music Fund supports young people to develop a life-long love of music

The charity’s vision is that every child who demonstrates significant musical ability, enthusiasm and commitment to learning an instrument should have the opportunity to develop their potential.

London Music Fund has been working since 2011 to ensure that as many young Londoners as possible have access to the provision they need, regardless of their families’ financial circumstances. Many of the charity’s graduate Scholars have moved on to study at high-profile music schools such as the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music and Centre for Young Musicians.

A recent report by the Musicians’ Union found that those from low income families are half as likely to have a child learning an instrument as families with a high income.

Donations to London Music Fund ensure that young people are given the support they need to make significant progress in their instrumental studies and enable them to develop a love of music which will stay with them for life.

‘We support children like 9-year-old Lea* who has shown immense dedication to her violin practice in the face of adversity.

‘Her excellent attitude, strong commitment and efficient practice schedule has led to rapid progress. In her young life Lea has dealt with an incredibly difficult family tragedy. It was the intention of her late mother that she start music lessons to build on the group violin learning she had been involved with.

‘The Scholarship was granted to Lea as a reward for her continued dedication to her violin studies and to assist her father with the financial strain of funding lessons. Music has provided Lea with an emotional outlet from which she has benefited greatly, in summer 2018 she took her Grade 3 exam.’

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Header photo: London Music Fund awards 2018 © London Music Fund

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