Music for All

Music for All is dedicated to changing lives across the UK by improving access to music making.  We are a passionate, focused and ambitious UK charity helping disadvantaged music makers experience the joys and far-reaching benefits of making music.

Established 27 years ago, Music for All has a track record in providing support. Over the past five years alone we have awarded over £300,000 in cash grants, donated hundreds of instruments and equipment to individuals, community groups and educational establishments, and provided free ‘Learn to Play’ experiences for thousands of people.


Our Big Give Christmas Campaign is NOW LIVE!

Our BIG GIVE campaign is now open for donations!

Donations can be made via our campaign page for seven days.

Big Give is a registered charity that runs match funded campaigns for charities and special causes at key moments across the year.

It’s a simple idea – when you donate to Music for All through this Big Give campaign, your donation will be doubled meaning ONE donation has TWICE the impact.

Music for All joins National Academy of Social Prescribing, Arts Council, the Utley Foundation and Universal Music in the Power of Music Fund which supports music projects working with dementia sufferers and their carers.

The fund will offer small grants to local organisations that use music to support people living with dementia and their carers, including dementia choirs and drumming circles. It will also support a Centre of Excellence which will test new approaches to embedding music as part of dementia care and design new models of care which could be scaled and spread across England. 

Through the fund, NASP will also carry out research and evaluation to understand how health systems can work with community groups to ensure diverse and sustainable music provision for people living with dementia, their carers and families.

We are thrilled to be a partner of the Power of Music fund and in 2024, Music for All will be awarding grants of up to £2K to underserved community groups and support providers using music to assist people living with dementia.  These awards will feature in our regular awards programme and target deprived and marginalised communities, in line with the charity’s core values.

Music for All’s funding round 4 is NOW OPEN to applicants!

We’re proud to be able to offer financial grants to projects and individuals which include supporting organisations and projects that work with children in early years age groups, groups and projects facing financial hardship, choral groups and our annual Learn to Play Award. Other awards in this round include electric guitars, a ukulele bundle and DecPlay piano courses.

Save the dates!

Learn to Play ’23 was a great success, with over 70 brilliant venues across the UK providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take up a free lesson on their chosen musical instrument!
Learn to Play ‘24 will take place across the 11 – 13 (Fri – Sun) October next year. We’re now delighted to announce that we’re extending the weekend to include a weekday for the very first time, to be able to welcome even more organisations and participants to get involved! 

Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning Partnership announced!

We are thrilled to announce that Music for All will be working in partnership with the Harris Foundation for Lifelong Learning over the next three years. The partnership will support the inaugural Harris Foundation Schools Progression Award as well as the wider work of the charity, enabling more disadvantaged organisations and individuals to experience the wide-ranging, life-changing benefits of making music. The Harris Foundation Schools Progression Award will support schools looking to develop their music provision. Music resources are under constant pressure despite music departments trying to ensure as many pupils as possible can access what instruments they have. This can mean that resources are spread widely but thinly, often reducing the variety of instrument options available. Whilst a batch of starter instruments will help children make the first steps on their musical journey, the benefit to each child increases exponentially if their school has additional options available. This award will enable the formation of groups and ensembles as well as the development of new skills such as teamwork, creativity, confidence, communication and social interaction. Part of the richness of learning music comes with the ability to choose from a variety of instruments.

Find out more about our new Ambassadors Jonathan and Michael.

Music for All's Annual Report released!

We’re delighted to release Music for All’s 2022 Annual Report. This in-depth report reviews our significant events of 2021-22 and provides an overview of how the charity continues to fulfil its mission of helping people of all ages and backgrounds get involved in music making. During the past 18 months, the charity has built on the achievements of 2020/21 with improvements in income, increased award allocation, and a revitalised infrastructure. 


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