The charity of the UK musical instrument industry

Our Mission


In the UK we’re continuing to face increasing social challenges, such as an ageing population and growing diversity within our local communities. Getting involved in music can present a wealth of opportunities – helping us to break down barriers; providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping us to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into our society.

Playing a musical instrument can provide a real sense of personal achievement or could allow parents to experience that unique feeling of pride – hearing and seeing their children perform. At MfA we’re passionate about helping people to find ways to understand and experience the enjoyment and benefits of playing music.

About the Music For All charity

At MfA nearly all of us are musicians, involved in the musical instrument industry or both. So we really know first-hand what an amazing affect making music can have on people’s lives. We see everything from disadvantaged young people blossoming at school through to older adults discovering music sometimes for the first time, much later on in life. In our view, EVERYONE should have the opportunity to learn to play music. Sadly, many people are not fortunate enough to have access to musical instruments or ways to help them to learn and discover.  This is where we come in.

Our charity has minimal overheads and administration costs. And, for every pound we raise, the musical instrument industry donates £2. This generous support spans across the music industry and includes our biggest supporter, the NAMM Foundation in the US. We are also fortunate to have a wide range of musical celebrities endorsing our charity. Please help us in any way you can so that we can continue to bring the magic and joy of making music to more and more people in the future.

Thank you.

Our Major Projects

Learn To Play Day

Every year we give the general public the chance to have a free “taster” lesson on a musical instrument. Music shops and other venues throughout the UK open their doors letting anyone, both young and old, take part.


Support for Music Education

We visit all types of schools and offer free “taster” lessons to inspire children to get involved in making music. We use a wide range of instruments and work with both the school and local music services to ensure that we are able to respond to an increased demand for music at the school.

Helping Individuals and Communities

Music for Individuals

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to musical instruments and lessons. Our Grant Application process allows us to help people fulfil their musical dreams. Young, old, regardless of personal or life challenges, we truly want music to be for all!

Music in the Community

Many projects and initiatives take place throughout the UK that all aim to bring music to their community. Most would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes. Our Community Project Application process puts us in a position to be that “helping hand”.

Our Supporters

“I am delighted to help Music for All in their quest to inspire more people to participate in music making, either for the first time or to return to playing after having lapsed.”

Jools Holland, Patron



We are extremely fortunate to have the support and endorsement of many professional musicians. Our Ambassadors generously give their time to spread the Music for All message and we are very grateful to all of them!

Our Latest News

In Memory of Keith Dudley

Following the tragic death of our industry comrade, Keith, the industry decided that it had to honour his memory and all the great work he did in creating and supporting music-makers. Industry charity Music for All combined forces with Blackstar and Marshall to create a £1000 Bursary in Keith’s name. We are delighted to give you the news of how this came to pass. White Spire School in Milton Keynes looks after pupils with a range of challenges and they especially use music to help the children. What they really needed was more instruments to help them support even more of them! The picture hows what the three organisations were able to donate to create a very happy number of new musicians and a very happy music teacher!

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PMT support Music for All with £10,000 donation!

PMT are the UK’s biggest chain rock retailer and are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, they very kindly decided to support us!

They created specials packs of playing cards to sell to customers (some of which had specials “golden tickets” inside with free gear prizes). 5000 packs of cards were created with PMT kindly pledging £1 from every pack being sold to go to the charity. They then went one better and pledged to match fund every pound raised for Music for All!

All 5000 packs were sold and the charity was delighted to subsequently receive a cheque for an amazing £10,000 last week. Music for All wish to thank Simon and Terry and all staff involved at PMT for their wonderful generosity.

If you think you could support Music for All, please contact us!

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David wins the Fender!

The MIA Gala Dinner last week kindly ran a raffle and silent auction to raise funds for our charity. The event raised just under £3000 for us and here is a picture of David winning the star prize guitar kindly donated by Fender!

Thanks also to Shure and Sound Technology for the other prizes.

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Support for Mendy

Young Mendy faces a number of challenges in life and he had found that drumming lessons had a truly positive outcome on these, including self-esteem, social communication and behaviour (we always see these great impacts with playing musical instruments!). He was not... read more

Help for Chilli Road

The Chilli Road Community Band is a multi-age band ranging from primary school age to 60+! They asked for our help to create extra music sessions for both the new musicians as well as the young leaders. Here are some pictures of all this taking place including the... read more

Why Music?

Music is an essential part of the fabric of our lives. It is an extremely powerful means of communication, playing a role in many of our social and religious institutions. Making music can help break down cultural barriers and strengthen social unity. Making music can also play an important part in helping us find a balance in our busy lives, improving our wellbeing and helping us rediscover who we are through creative self-expression.