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
Nayoung has made exceptional progress on the flute in the short time she has been learning, reaching Grade 8 within 2 years! A challenging domestic situation meant that her lessons were about to end. We were delighted to be able to step and keep her playing. She has now secured a place with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra and we expect to be hearing more from this talented young musician in the future!
Our support for the OHMI Trust
We have been delighted to give Community Grants to the One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust over recent years. This support has helped with new outreach projects in Birmingham and now with the Surrey Arts organisation. Schools Minister, Nick Gibbs, was so impressed with the work being done that in a recent letter to all Music Hubs in the Country, he mentioned OHMI and the importance of providing children with physical disabilities the chance to learn on an adapted instrument.
Guitars on the Beach!
Here is a great event supporting our charity, please get involved if you can, sounds like it will be amazing!
Drumming support for Daniel
Talented Daniel has achieved Grade 7 and 8 in both drums AND guitar and is studying music at Kesgrave High School. He badly needed an electronic kit to enable him to learn and rehearse both at home and at band practise. Working with other charities, we were able to help and here he is both rehearsing and performing!
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.