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Louis is a talented young cellist with a lot of talent and plans to become a professional musician. A serious cello was now needed for Louis and working with his own savings and some other charities, we were able to help! Expect to hear lots more from this talented musician.read more
This wonderful all-age band in Durham was established in 2014 and they have now played nearly 20 gigs with their 48 members! Here is Andrew, the Chair, with the new instrument they needed our help to source!read more
Hannah faces a challenging family background and needed our help to further her musical dreams (she is planning to become a music teacher). Here is Hannah with the trumpet she so badly wanted! She is off to study music this year at college and has plans to end up at Birmingham Conservetoire.read more
This school asked us for help in buying special instruments for use as music therapy for children with Autism or social, emotional and mental health difficulties. We were delighted to be able to support the school and even more delighted to hear about the positive effects the music is already having. Improvements in confidence in communications, social interaction skills, concentration and attention are already being seen!read more
After only 6 month’s study, 5 year old Yasar can already play Grade 3 music! His family needed help to get him an instrument worthy of his talent. Working with the EMI Sound Foundation we were able to do just that! Expect to hear from this young man in the future…read more
Phoebe lives with her Grandparents and they really needed our help to be able to continue flute lessons. Music is a major part of Phoebe’s life and really helps her with all she has been through. We are delighted to hear that she will shortly try for her Grade 6 exam and that her music teacher is being such a great mentor to her!read more
Talented Aurora urgently needed a larger violin, but some challenging circumstances meant that her family were not in a position to help. We were delighted to be able to step in and support her. Her is Aurora with her new violin, which she calls “Tiger Flameripple”! She recently played at the Stratford and East London Music Festival and won first place in the Eight Years and Under Strings Class.read more
We are delighted to be exhibiting at the show this weekend (Saturday and Sunday at London Olympia)
We will be holding a big raffle to raise funds for the charity and (so far) have this lovely Washburn bass, an Orange Amp, an Aguilar pedal and Elites strings!
More prizes to follow and huge thanks to everyone from the industry that has kindly donated to the raffle.
Hope to see you there!
Back in November we told you about our support for the Chilli Road Community Band. We had given a Community Grant to enable them to create extra music sessions for new musicians and the young leaders. Well, just look at them now all dressed up ready for the next gig!read more
Rhiannon has been playing the trombone since she was 9 where she was taught by her mother. Fast forward 6 years and she is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music!
What she needed was an instrument appropriate to her blossoming talent. Working with her own savings and our friends at the EMI Sound Foundation, we were able to get her the Michael Rath instrument she so badly needed!
Snape Community Primary School is a small rural school in Suffolk. The school wanted to give all the children the chance to learn an instrument and our Community Grant has enabled them to do just that!read more
A Music for All Grant to the school meant that they were able to buy 5 xylophones. The children are now learning and playing tunes as you can see!read more
Zahir came to us as a refugee from Syria 2 years ago and now has UK status. What he didn’t have was the violin he had always dreamed of playing…he has now!read more
We have been supporting Leah with piano lessons for some time (she would not be able to learn without our intervention) and we are delighted to have heard that she passed the Grade 5 in such style!read more
Kyra is a talented young musician but with a challenging family background. As well as singing in her Church Choir, she has been learning the clarinet. Our help was needed and we were delighted to give Kyra a Grant to keep her playing!read more
Tilly has wanted to play the harp since she was 5 (she is now 10). A challenging family background meant that purchasing one was out of the question. We were delighted to be able to work in partnership with our friends at the EMI Sound Foundation to make this a reality.
Have a look at the wonderful video of Tilly in action!read more
We were so pleased to be able to assist this wonderful orchestra in London with a Grant to put on a special concert. The event targeted players aged from 8 to 14 from local junior ensembles. As you can see from the pictures, children and adults all played together in order for the young participants to be able to experience a full orchestra. We were delighted to hear that the young people were all inspired to carry on with their music-making!read more
Caitlin needed help for her and the Street Heat Samba Band. We were able to help with a repenique and Caitlin has now become a Leader for the Band! She has also just started on the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and hopes to shortly lead the band through a gig!read more
Support for Poppy
Poppy faces a number of challenges in her young life and making music has helped her in so many ways. She urgently needed a new oboe to allow her to progress, but was not in a position to be able to afford it. We were delighted to be able to help and have just had the news that she has passed her Grade 8 exam with distinction! Well done, Poppy!
We love hearing how the people we help are getting on with their music making and we were delighted to receive this letter from David just in time for Christmas!read more
Talented Catherine studies at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire where she plays both violin and piano. She is about to take her Grade 8 examination. Unfortunately, her family situation and finances meant that she was not able to continue. We were naturally delighted to be able to step in and ensure that Catherine carries on with her music journey!read more
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!read more