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.

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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

Ambassadors

 

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!

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

Support for Hannah and Penny!

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!”

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An update from Chilli Road!

We were really proud to support the Chilli Road Community Band recently and they have just sent us an update. Here are some pictures from a gig they put on at Seaton Delaval Hall. The young leaders have even written a tune called “Samba de Heaton” that you can hear... read more

Continued support for Elliot

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!

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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.