Organisations

Drake Music

+44 20 7739 5444

60 – 61 Old Nichol Street, London, United Kingdom

Our four key programme strands:

Learning & Participation – We deliver outreach and education initiatives in a wide range of settings, offering a wide range of high quality, lifelong-learning opportunities.

Training & Consultancy – We offer training and consultancy to music hubs, schools, arts organisations and more to share our expertise in SEND music delivery.

Research & Development – We bridge the gap between musicians and hackers, developers and technology makers to pioneer new accessible music technology.

Artistic Development – We support professional disabled musicians to develop their artistic practice so that they can play a major part in the cultural landscape.

Our Learning & Participation programme creates opportunities for disabled people to learn and develop as musicians – from primary school through to adulthood.

Our skilled team has an excellent track record of developing and delivering outreach, training and education initiatives for disabled musicians of all ages and abilities.

We research and develop new accessible musical instruments and technologies to create more ways with, by and for disabled people to make music.

Our artistic development programme supports disabled musicians to progress their work and we offer training and consultancy for teachers, music hubs and other organisations.

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology.

Our vision

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Our vision is an open, inclusive and accessible musical culture — a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

Who we are

Drake Music is a national arts charity working across the UK, with bases in Bristol, Manchester and London. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and are also funded through Youth Music.

We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology to make music accessible for over 20 years. In that time, we have developed a wealth of innovative and imaginative approaches to teaching, learning and making music.

We are experts in inclusive music-making in education and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making at all levels.

What we do

Central to our work is the belief that everyone can fulfill their creative and musical potential, given the right opportunities.

We work where music, disability and technology meet to:

  •  create opportunities and instruments that make music fully accessible
  •  increase participation in music-making at all levels
  •  build an integrated musical culture where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals

London Music Fund

+44 (0)20 7983 4258

City Hall, London, United Kingdom

Since 2011 we have funded 32 inspirational projects reaching over 9,000 young people.

These ambitious projects range from West End musicals to funk, classical to grime, and give 7-18 year olds the chance to learn from and perform alongside professional musicians in iconic venues.

Read more about projects we have supported here.

Grants are awarded for up to £15,000 per project, and must be led by one London Music Service with at least two other professional partners.

Scholarships

We award four-year music Scholarships to children who have started learning an instrument and are doing really well but whose families find it difficult to pay for music lessons, meaning that without our support they would have to give up their studies. Since 2011 we have awarded 426 Scholarships to young musicians in London.

What does a scholar receive?

  • Weekly instrumental tuition at a suitably challenging level, normally in small groups (2-6 per group) or, in exceptional circumstances, one-to-one
  • Compulsory attendance at a weekly ensemble of a suitably challenging level
  • Regular performance opportunities at school, music service and elsewhere
  • Invitations to attend special projects and go on trips to professional concerts
  • A well maintained instrument which can be taken home
  • A named Mentor who is the liaison between the Scholar and family, music tutor and school

In order to be eligible for an award Scholars should:

  • Be in Year 5 at the latest
  • Attend a junior school in London where there are no school fees
  • Have been learning a musical instrument for a minimum of one year
  • Show potential and commitment to learning, but come from a family where the ongoing cost of tuition would be prohibitive.

London

Our vision is simple: we believe that every child who shows musical potential should be given the opportunity to develop that potential, regardless of their background.

We fund two programmes: Scholarships and Partnerships. Working in collaboration with the 32 London borough Music Education Hubs, we work with schools, community music providers and professional musicians across London to develop musical opportunities for children and young people.


We are delighted to be supported by ABRSM, working with them on a series of Playing Days for our scholars which focus on creative music-making. The video above showcases our 2017 Scholars’ Graduation.


Can you help?

With no statutory or government funding, 100% of our income is from individual philanthropy, corporate support and trusts and foundations.

Over the last 5 years, our supporters have helped us to award 380 four-year Scholarships and to fund 29 large-scale projects, reaching over 8,000 young musicians. In total, £1.6m in grants has been given directly to support music education in London.

If you believe in the power of music to change lives we hope you will join us in ensuring thousands more young musicians have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

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The Sing Up Foundation

+44 20 7908 5148

Bloomsbury House, Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

As part of its 10th Birthday celebration in 2017, Sing Up has announced that it will be creating a new charity – the Sing Up Foundation.

Sing Up has always been a champion of the wider benefits of singing – for education, social and health outcomes – and we want to mark our 10th birthday with a commitment to a new charitable purpose around singing. From creating meaningful support networks around singing together to improving cognitive ability, singing is a powerful and underused tool for considerable positive impact.

The planning is still in the relatively early stages and a large part of the organisation’s 10th Birthday work will be about researching need and renewing an understanding about where the Foundation can best make a difference, but Sing Up is particularly interested in working with schools and other services around the specific challenges that people face in 2017 and the extent to which regular singing can be part of a solution.

The intention is that the foundation will look at supporting work in 3 areas:

  • Singing for teens with mental health challenges
  • Singing for children with special educational needs
  • Singing for older people

Wren Music

+44 (0)183 753 754

Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, United Kingdom

South-West England

Wren Music is a company of skilled, experienced and highly qualified professional musicians of international repute. In addition to their artistic talent, they bring the qualities required by skilled educationalists.

These include strong people skills and innovative teaching practices as well as a passionate commitment to working creatively with individuals and communities.

Wren enables thousands of people every year to participate with music using voice or instruments through traditional and folk music. We have over 30 years’ experience in community music and can offer ‘off the shelf’ workshops or build projects around your needs.

Wren is deeply rooted in local communities as well as having a national and international reach, working in partnership with traditional artists from all over the world. Wren runs events and concerts all across Devon with many opportunities to get involved as well as to listen.

Youth Music

+44 (0)20 7902 1060

9 Tanner Street, London, United Kingdom

Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.

Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.

Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.

 

Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.

Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.

Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music. 

Choir Schools Association

+44 (0)13 5922 1333

The St, Market Weston, Diss, United Kingdom

Choir Schools are amazing places where young choristers enjoy learning and playing. Their work takes them into stunningly beautiful buildings on a daily basis.

There is no better educational and musical training start for boys and girls aged 7 years and up who love to sing.

The Choir Schools Association is here to help parents and youngsters to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

Sing Up

+44 (0)20 7908 5148

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Sing Up places singing at the heart of education by providing a complete singing package through a digital music platform, termly magazine and training.

With over ten years’ experience at the forefront of music education, Sing Up has created Membership packages that are flexible and well-loved by teachers and vocal leaders across the world. Whether you are a teacher, a freelance music educator, a music service or a music education hub, Sing Up will enable you to cultivate strong communities and healthy, happy and confident students.

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices. The resources are designed to help you use singing for cross-curricular learning in the classroom or to act as a complete foundation for musical learning across the school, with Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

Sound Connections

+44 (0)20 7729 7220

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom

London

Sound Connections develops, enables and empowers individuals and organisations to deliver high-quality music-making with children and young people across London.

We achieve this through three interconnected strands of activity:

  • Music programmes and projects: We are uniquely placed to manage meaningful partnerships and programmes providing music-making activities for 0-24-year-olds across London. In partnership, we provide music-making, mentoring and work experience opportunities to develop young people and improve their opportunities in life. We also bring young people into decision-making, enabling them to engage and contribute more fully to the debate around their provision.
  • Information and training: We provide a wide range of courses, bespoke advice and support to those delivering and managing activity to ensure higher quality music provision for young people. We also offer extensive information on job roles and work within the sector and signpost to a broad range of training and networking provision.
  • Research and development: By using the knowledge and evidence gathered from our activities, training programmes and relationships with over 2,500 members and regional and national decision-makers, we continue to inform and improve the music education sector.
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Pulse Arts

Poole Road, London, UK

We are professional musicians with a specialism in Music in Health who believe the offer of music to patients, family members and staff can have a positive impact on well-being.

We work with a range of partners, including NHS trusts, hospital charities, local authorities, music hubs and arts funders to develop long-term programmes in healthcare settings.  We integrate music into the patient experience to cultivate a ‘culture of music’. We develop positive and professional relationships with hospital staff and respond sensitively to challenging situations, often being asked by staff and parents to play whilst they are carrying out medical procedures.

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The British Voice Association

+44 (0)300 123 2773

330 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE, UK

The British Voice Association (BVA) is the ‘voice for voice’ in the UK, an association of multi-disciplinary professionals who work to promote the field of voice in its broadest sense.

Our remit is the encouragement of a healthy voice, vocal skills and communication in such areas as the performing arts, business and industry, medicine and education.

 

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Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME)

+1 (0)615 870 9333

7503 Kingwood Court, Fairview, TN 37062, United States

The Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) provides training, professional development and resources for music educators.
TI:ME was first conceived at Villanova University in a lunch meeting with John Dunphy (former TI:ME Executive Director), George Pinchock and Tom Rudolph (Executive Committee Chair and former President).
NAMM agreed to fund the organisation with a grant of $200,000 and the first official meeting of TI:ME took place in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in 1997. The first TI:ME certification courses were offered in 1998 and the first TI:ME conference took place in Pennsylvania in April 1999.
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National Youth Folk Ensemble

+44 (0)20 7485 2206

2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY, UK

London

The National Youth Folk Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists. 

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CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

+44 20 3601 2978

52d Maresfield Gardens, London, United Kingdom

Founded in 1998 with the aim of developing the next generation of chamber music lovers and players, the charity CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust exists to bring chamber music to young people, and young people to chamber music.

To this end, its work is divided into two broad channels: on the one hand is a series of highly engaging school concerts and workshops delivered by experienced and celebrated ensembles, introducing and hopefully developing an appetite for chamber music amongst the pupils encountered; on the other is a subsidy programme – known as the Ticket Scheme – that works with a variety of concert promoters to cover the costs of admitting young people to chamber music concerts, so that they can access professional music-making without charge.

Over 130,000 young people have already benefited from CAVATINA‘s work.

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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music

+44 20 3713 8454

49 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music exists to provide a discussion forum between the music industry and parliamentarians.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups bring together Lords and MPs from across the party political divide and act as a point for dialogue amongst decision-makers on issues of concern.

Through a series of events and discussions during the political year, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music seeks to inform parliamentarians about developments within the music industry as well as engage MPs and Lords on measures that impact on the sector.

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Fairbeats!

+44 7817 550 510

London, United Kingdom

At Fairbeats! projects, all children are given the opportunity and skills to express themselves and connect with others through music.

Fairbeats! is working to enable children and families from new minority communities to overcome the barriers they face to participating fully in the musical, cultural life and wider society in the UK.

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Music as Therapy International

+ 44 (0) 20 7735 3231

11 Mowll Street, London SW9 6BG, United Kingdom

Our aim is to make the unique and life-enhancing benefits of music available to as many vulnerable, marginalised people as possible.

Our approach has been developed over twenty years of working internationally, beginning in Romania and expanding to reach multiple countries in four continents.

Drawing on the core principles of music therapy, our projects provide training to staff working in schools, care centres and residential homes. Our accessible approach equips them with new ways of working with vulnerable people in their care on a day-to-day basis, using simple music therapy techniques.

There is no one-size-fits-all model. We have a portfolio of adaptable activities we can tailor to suit local needs. These activities are developed in collaboration with our Local Partners, in keeping with our values as an organisation.

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European Concert Halls Organisation (ECHO)

Rue Ravenstein 23, Brussels, Belgium

The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) is an active network bringing together many of the major concert halls in Europe in order to promote professional exchange, shared reflection and the initiation of joint initiatives.

The European Concert Hall organisation constitutes a platform for open exchange and for joint thinking on the opportunities, developments and shared challenges central to the lives of concert halls in the 21st century. The ECHO member halls come together to learn from, and be inspired by each other and to initiate ambitious international shared initiatives.

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Conservatoires UK

United Kingdom

At CUK, we are an influential voice speaking to government, policy makers and opinion formers, nationally and globally.

More generally, we advocate for the many benefits the sector engenders in society and the creative and cultural economies.

Our role is threefold: to develop best practice for training and education, to promote the sector’s excellence, and to negotiate with government and policy makers. Currently, our membership comprises eleven conservatoires, including all of the UK’s music conservatoires.

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PRS for Music

+44 20 7580 5544

2 Pancras Square, London, United Kingdom

We pay royalties to our members when their work is performed, broadcast, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public or used in film and TV. 

We support them by influencing policy, supporting and hosting awards and events, and investing in new technology to ensure we’re fit for the digital music age.

Whether we’re funding new music, championing established artists, or helping our members, we’re here to support the future of music and its makers.

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Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA)

Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States

Founded in 1983, the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) is an international organization of 270 professional performing arts organizations, represented by more than 450 performance librarians from symphony orchestras, opera and ballet companies, music academies, professional bands and ensembles in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia.

MOLA’s mission is to facilitate communication between professional performance librarians, educate and assist them in providing service to their organizations; provide support and resources to the performing arts, and work with publishers to achieve the highest standards in music performance materials for the professional musician.