Music for All supports National Arthritis Campaign

Industry charity endorses initiative to highlight the plight of the 10million affected people in the UK many of whom are musicians

Arthritis Research UK, the UK’s leading arthritis charity, is launching a major nationwide campaign to reveal the true impact of arthritis across society. The campaign will highlight that, either directly or indirectly, arthritis impacts everyone in the UK. The campaign will also highlight that there are over 10 million people living with arthritis and the condition can cause high levels of daily pain and fatigue.

As part of the launch, Arthritis Research UK is releasing The Nation’s Joint Problem report which reveals the current and future impact of two major forms of the condition, osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), on the economy, the NHS as well as families and individuals across the UK.

Paul McManus, CEO of Music for All, said:
“Making Music brings enjoyment to so many people’s lives, whether they’re a member of an orchestra, play in a rock band or are just starting piano lessons. But for some, life can throw hurdles which makes doing the thing you love difficult – and arthritis does exactly that. That’s why we want to raise awareness of this silent, painful and debilitating disease, so that people will better understand it and give people the support they need.”

To find out more, please visit www.arthritisresearchuk.org.

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Help for Lordswood Girls’ School and Sixth Form Centre

We were really concerned to hear that this school no longer had the budget to support the guitar teaching for the girls and we had just the solution!

Our good friends at Sound Technology had recently donated us 19 acoustic guitars that were slight seconds that could not be sold to music shops. We knew just the school to send them to in order that the girls could carry on learning to play the guitar!

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Help for QM Studios

Our local, community-run studio and rehearsal rooms really needed some keyboards for teaching. A musician who tragically died recently, left us 2 keyboards and we were delighted to put them to good use with the lovely staff at QM. Many thanks to Toby Phillips for the great picture!

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Helping Ullswater

We have supported Ullswater Community College over the years and our latest help involved developing the school wind band, big band and string group!
Weekly lessons and rehearsals are now taking place as well as a planned music tour to Paris!

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What a week of Music Making in the UK!

Last Wednesday saw the launch of Make Music Day in the UK, a celebration of music making event that takes place in 120 Countries around the World.

We hosted 140 music making events all over the UK, from Aberdeen to Swanage, Swansea to Norwich, and everywhere in between!

And then we held our sixth, annual Learn to Play Day at 100 music shops and other venues across the Country to give the general public free music lessons.

We have had an amazing few days, met some wonderful people and supported thousands of people to either start, continue or return to music making!

Many thanks to all the hard-working venues, shops and musicians that supported the week, we could not have done it without you.

And….big thanks to all our partners and sponsors for the events including Making Music, Classic fm, the Musicians’ Union, Music Sales Group, the Arts Council England and the Take it Away scheme.

Plus…..a very special thanks to The NAMM Foundation who supported both events!

www.makemusicday.org/uk

www.learntoplayday.com

Here are some of our favourite pictures so far…

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Our support for the OHMI Trust

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.

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