The charity of the UK musical instrument industry
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 Major Projects
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
“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
Nina, our new Ambassador!
We are very proud to announce Nina Schofield as a new Ambassador for our charity. Nina said “Music is the universal language that connects everyone. Throughout our lives our memories become intertwined with certain songs and for that music becomes a friend as well as an outlet. That’s why the work Music For All is doing is so vital. Learning to play an instrument develops confidence, helps knit friendships and opens us up to new forms of creative expression. Plus it’s incredibly fun and rewarding!”
And that is not all!
She will be helping with the Learn to Play Day weekend at the Yamaha Music London shop. Click here for all the details: read more
Learn to Play Day – only 5 weeks to go!
We are still seeing more venues signing up to offer the UK public FREE MUSIC LESSONS on June 24th and 25th. Young, not so young, brand new musicians, returning ones, you are all welcome!
To find your nearest participating venue, go to www.learntoplayday.com
Hannah and Penny are both members of Bromley Youth Music Trust and the one thing they both needed (but were not able to afford) was an instrument of their own. Our charity is very fortunate to receive regular donations of instruments from the general public. Here are the girls proudly playing their new instruments. BTMY sent this message – “Thanks you for making 2 girls very happy and investing in future musicians – music changes lives!”read more
We have helped Elliot with lessons for many years and it has proved to be a major support with the significant anxiety he suffers related to ASD and ADD. Music has proved to be (in his Mum’s words) vital in Elliot’s well-being.
We are delighted to hear that Elliot is now looking to take his Music GCSE!
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.