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'Access to Music is a great place to move onto after leaving school. If you have a passion for music or media, then you will get a unique and rewarding experience at Access to Music which will prepare you for your creative future ... Our quals have no formal academic entry requirements, are practical and are assessed through course work rather than exams. For many musicians they offer a much better alternative to GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs. And finally, they are all about popular music - there's no classical music here!'

* Access to Music
Visits to the Website142
Views of The ‘Full’ Record176

‘Founded in 1995 to help blind and partially sighted children across the UK, who have a talent or love for music. We believe that visual impairment and other disabilities should not prevent children and young people accessing appropriate musical opportunities ... Many families in the UK who care for one of the 25,000 children with little or no sight, live in relative poverty and cannot afford to give them the musical experiences that can transform their lives. The Amber Trust provides grants to these children for music lessons, music therapy, instruments, equipment and concert tickets.‘

* Amber Trust
Visits to the Website28
Views of The ‘Full’ Record47

‘The critically acclaimed UK choir and instrumental ensemble renowned for its inspiring concerts and imaginative singing education programme, AC Academy.’

* Armonico Consort
Visits to the Website108
Views of The ‘Full’ Record195

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.’

* Attitude is Everything
Visits to the Website121
Views of The ‘Full’ Record230

'Formed in 1998 with the aim of developing young audiences for chamber music. It is the only organisation which concentrates solely on increasing awareness of chamber music amongst young people.'

* Cavatina Chamber Music Trust
Visits to the Website94
Views of The ‘Full’ Record170

‘A charity that uses music and mentoring to help people lead meaningful lives, free from crime ... Music has the power to unlock people's potential to change. It improves wellbeing and enables personal growth, which both aid rehabilitation Our Musicians-in-Residence are multi-instrumentalists and compassionate role models. They deliver group music sessions in prison and monthly sessions in the community. In each session, 5 to 10 people learn and create different styles of music together. We create a safe place for people to express themselves and learn to collaborate with others. Over time, the group bonds and works toward goals such as recordings and performances.’

* Changing Tunes
Visits to the Website52
Views of The ‘Full’ Record106

‘Our fundamental aim is to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and individuals through enabling them to participate in creativity and learning, initially and primarily through music making. We develop participatory music workshops, mentoring schemes and community music training across Wales. We work strategically to identify need, delivering projects to give people the opportunity to write, play, record or perform their own music, using trained and experienced community arts practitioners.’

* Community Music Wales
Visits to the Website60
Views of The ‘Full’ Record153

‘Champions a right to arts and culture for every child ... The Alliance brings together the diverse parts of the cultural sector to work together – including museums, film, libraries, heritage, dance, literature, new media arts, theatre, visual arts and music – with the education and youth sector ... We have more than 2,500 organisational members, more than 5,000 individual members and almost 10,000 Twitter followers.’

* Cultural Learning Alliance
Visits to the Website21
Views of The ‘Full’ Record36

‘A new national organisation [2018] representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement and participation can transform our health and wellbeing ... Creativity and the imagination are agents of wellness: they help keep the individual resilient, aid recovery and foster a flourishing society ... This new Alliance brings together the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and involves over 50 leading organisations. We aim to bring about a step change in policy and delivery, and will focus on a strong regional infrastructure to support development and progress in the field.‘

* Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
Visits to the Website38
Views of The ‘Full’ Record86

‘The leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology ... 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 ... We are experts in inclusive music-making in education and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making at all levels.‘

* Drake Music
Visits to the Website111
Views of The ‘Full’ Record152

Founded 2004: ‘GMF is a non-profit organisation founded by professional musicians. It aims to encourage people everywhere to enjoy and learn about music and the arts, through organising and supporting seminars, summer schools, jazz and world music courses, workshops and performances around the world’.

* Global Music Foundation
Visits to the Website34
Views of The ‘Full’ Record138

‘The Irene Taylor Trust has been working at the forefront of arts and rehabilitation since 1995, bringing creative music projects to men and women of all ages in prisons and in the community throughout the UK. Our work started in prisons with the Music in Prisons programme; since 2012 we have also worked in the community with ex-prisoners on the Sounding Out programme and with NEET young people on Making Tracks. The individuals we work with are some of the most socially disadvantaged and excluded, having faced a range of issues such as abuse, violence, drug abuse, mental health problems, exclusion from school and homelessness. By allowing prisoners, ex-prisoners and people at risk the freedom to create and perform music, we raise their life aspirations, enabling them to play a positive role in their communities. By providing individuals with the chance to develop new skills, both musical and personal, we offer people new opportunities and choices and the chance to move forward.‘

* Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’
Visits to the Website51
Also indexedMaking Tracks | Sounding Out
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118

'The development agency for jazz in the North of England. Our mission is to increase the profile of contemporary jazz in the North by developing opportunities for artists and building audiences through collective partnership working. Our vision is that the North becomes recognised nationally and internationally as a place that enables jazz artists to reside, work and develop their practice in dialogue with interested, supportive and open-minded audiences.'

* Jazz North
Visits to the Website147
Views of The ‘Full’ Record334

JazzUK is a progressive organisation that unites the jazz and wider artistic communities by sharing the power of jazz music to increasingly greater and diverse audiences. Our mission is facilitate those who play jazz to entertain those who love to listen, and to encourage the next generation to fall in love with jazz.’ ALERT ‘Ceased trading, November 2017, following its loss of Arts Council England National Portfolio funding earlier that year.’

* JazzUK
Visits to the Website40
Views of The ‘Full’ Record89

‘Works with a very diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music - some of whom are very disadvantaged. They often face difficulties in communicating, cut off from the joy and pleasures of participating and sharing with others. LMN's approach to overcoming these barriers is through the quality of our musicians and the way we deliver our music ... Our work is funded through a combination of donations, grants and partnerships ... Created by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977.’

* Live Music Now
Visits to the Website90
Views of The ‘Full’ Record180

'Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for leisure-time music, with a membership of over 3,200 groups representing around 180,000 music makers across the UK. Find out more about who we are and what we do for music makers, meet some of the organisations we work with and find out about our awards schemes ...'

* Making Music
Visits to the Website96
Views of The ‘Full’ Record283

'Milapfest is Britain’s leading Indian arts development trust, producing world class performances, education and artist development opportunities across the UK. We are a British Art Organisation specialising in Indian Arts with a strong track record of creating and delivering ground breaking artistic projects nationally ... Our principal work includes the three city Indian Music concert series, Samyo, the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music, Tarang, the National Indian Music Ensemble, as well as career development opportunities for young music and dance practitioners of Britain ...'

* Milapfest
Visits to the Website119
Views of The ‘Full’ Record283

'Since our establishment in 1995, Moving On Music has grown to become one of the leading promoters of jazz, folk, roots, traditional, classical and “other” music in Northern Ireland. We are an independent, not for profit organisation and registered charity and endeavour to provide an eclectic array of entertainment and education services to the entire community. We are dedicated to ideals of innovation and originality, championing new developments in music, inspiring and nurturing musical talents and providing opportunities for everyone to get involved in music.'

* Moving On Music
Visits to the Website106
Views of The ‘Full’ Record229

'Creates inspirational learning experiences for business organisations using the metaphor of music. A conductor of a symphony orchestra, a jazz musician playing in a band, a composer creating a new piece of music - they all provide extraordinary insights into leadership, collaboration, creativity and personal development, and invite the corporate world to explore new ways of thinking about business practice.'

* Music & Management
Visits to the Website170
Views of The ‘Full’ Record270

Music Action International are people from across the world using the power of creativity to overcome the effects and causes of war, torture and armed conflict. We provide innovative ways to support children, young people and adults to overcome the debilitating effects of war-related stress and trauma and connect divided communities in a powerful way through creative music programmes. Our specialist team, many of whom have themselves experienced the effects of war and armed conflict, are trained to support highly traumatised survivors, using music as a way of improving mental, emotional health and building trust through creative expression in physically and emotionally safe environments.’

* Music Action International
Visits to the Website158
Views of The ‘Full’ Record143

'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.'

* Music for All
Visits to the Website168
Views of The ‘Full’ Record248

'A national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts. The Music for Youth Season seeks to inspire, challenge, excite and educate, working annually with 100,000 young people.'

* Music for Youth
Visits to the Website67
Views of The ‘Full’ Record162
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We bring live music to care settings across the whole of the UK. From the Shetland Isles and the Highlands of Scotland to Northern Ireland, the Valleys of Wales and down to the south coast of England we operate in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres, special schools and community settings too.'

* Music in Hospitals & Care
Visits to the Website49
Views of The ‘Full’ Record132

Musica provides interactive music workshops for all ages in healthcare and community settings ... Our music programmes are designed to engage and stimulate, improving the overall well-being of the participants. Each workshop is tailored to suit the needs of the group we are working with ... Our main services are delivered to older adults in care settings ... As we all know, there is not enough money invested into care and many care homes have a very minimal activities budget. Our dream is to work with all care facilities across the UK, regardless of their budget, and help to make a real difference to the lives of their residents.‘

* Musica Music & Wellbeing
Visits to the Website57
Views of The ‘Full’ Record127

‘Creates opportunities for people of all cultures to express themselves through music. Formed by Mauricio Venegas-Astorga and Rachel Pantin in 1998, Musiko Musika has created very successful long-term relationships with schools and communities throughout the UK and abroad. Our model is that of cultural collaboration, and we encourage participants to bring the sounds, songs and stories of their own cultural backgrounds into our music-making projects.’

* Musiko Musika
Visits to the Website81
Also indexedEthnic Contemporary Classical Orchestras (ECCO) | World Music Academy | Sing and Learn
Views of The ‘Full’ Record87

‘A vibrant National Youth Music Organisation that supports the creative and educational needs of the young jazz musician. NYJC focuses on small group improvisation and creates a pathway of progression designed to support young jazz musicians from beginner to emerging professionals. We offer a rolling programme of regional activities across England, including the National Youth Jazz Summer School, and support the needs of regional educators and music leaders. NYJC was founded in 2006 by its Artistic Director Issie Barratt in collaboration with a roster of over 40 world class jazz musicians and educators.’

* National Youth Jazz Collective
Visits to the Website87
Also indexedNational Youth Jazz Summer School
Views of The ‘Full’ Record121

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. We support thousands of people through our own centres and by working in over 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.  Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to facilitate physical and emotional wellbeing, and to promote the development and retention of key communication skills. A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised. Music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them.’

* Nordoff Robbins
Visits to the Website21
Views of The ‘Full’ Record26

‘Pronounced 'oh-me’, the OHMI Trust is a UK-based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for those who are physically disabled. Any deficiency or disability in one hand or arm makes traditional instruments unplayable to any reasonable standard. As a result, millions across the world are excluded from music-making for the lack of suitable instruments. This includes people with congenital disabilities such as cerebral palsy and hemiplegia, amputees, those who have suffered a stroke or developed arthritis.’

* OHMI Trust
Visits to the Website10
Views of The ‘Full’ Record32

'Empowers young disabled musicians to build inclusive youth orchestras. Together we develop accessible musical instruments and repertoire, challenge expectations and forge new progression routes through the creation of great music ... We are planning a staged release of the Open School Orchestras programme over the next few years, starting in the South-West of England in 2015/16 and then the North-East in 2016/17 ... The National Open Youth Orchestra, the world's first disabled-led national youth orchestra, will launch in Sept 2018.'

* OpenUp Music
Visits to the Website64
Also indexedNational Open Youth Orchestra
Views of The ‘Full’ Record226

‘We believe that orchestras are for everyone. With over 50 years’ experience, we make world-class orchestral music relevant to people’s lives through dynamic partnerships and innovative projects, particularly in culturally under-served areas of England.’

* Orchestras Live
Visits to the Website103
Views of The ‘Full’ Record141

Playlist for Life taps into a recognised phenomenon: personally meaningful music has the ability to improve life for people with dementia, their family and their carers. We have probably all experienced music which gives us “that flashback feeling”, when a certain song takes us back to a person, place or time whenever we hear it. That feeling is a sign that the music we are listening to is particularly deeply connected to our memories and emotions. For people with dementia it can be a lifeline. But Playlist for Life is about far more than listening to music. It's about creating personal connections. Helping someone to make a playlist brings people together and fosters understanding. It empowers family carers and ensures professional care is more person-centred.‘

* Playlist for Life
Visits to the Website13
Views of The ‘Full’ Record47

Raw Material’s mission is to improve the lives of young people and their economic position, their opportunities, progression and development, including mental and physical health issues. From our base in Brixton, we provide a range of training, mentoring and professional arts projects to develop creative talent, learn music and media skills, build confidence in a working environment and find routes into employment.‘

* Raw Material
Visits to the Website162
Views of The ‘Full’ Record124

'The Royal Philharmonic Society is for people who love music and live music making and who want to ensure a vibrant future for classical music. For over 200 years we’ve been at the heart of music: supporting and working creatively with talented young performers and composers, championing excellence, and encouraging audiences to listen to, and talk about, great music.'

* Royal Philharmonic Society
Visits to the Website123
Views of The ‘Full’ Record283

'Serious is a unique force in the field of live music. The company makes a major contribution to the arts world through a national programme that is internationally recognised, working with a network of partners to ensure the greatest reach for our work; each year we produce over 800 events, work with over 2,600 artists, reach live audiences of over 320,000 in over 300 venues, and have a broadcast reach of over 44 million ... Your gift to the Serious Trust makes a real difference to what we’re able to achieve – for example a small donation covers the cost of a ticket to enable someone to attend a concert who, without support, would not have the opportunity.'

* Serious
Visits to the Website285
Views of The ‘Full’ Record147

'Sistema England is a charity, founded by Julian Lloyd Webber, that seeks to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music making, as part of the international El Sistema movement ...'

* Sistema England
Visits to the Website91
Views of The ‘Full’ Record244

‘Founded in 2009 with aim of giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds (so-called NEETs) an opportunity to engage with music and the arts, and to use these experiences as a springboard for their future ... Small Green Shoots is one of Arts Council England’s Nstional Portfolio Organisations which accounts for approximately 29% of our funding. However, the bulk of our revenue comes from consultancy work, business sponsorships and other commercial partnerships.‘

* Small Green Shoots
Visits to the Website86
Views of The ‘Full’ Record139

‘We believe every child and young person in London should have the opportunity to experience music-making. Since 2002, Sound Connections has worked in partnership to strengthen the music sector, bridge gaps in provision and deliver landmark music programmes ... As a charity we rely upon financial support and donations from generous individuals, trusts and companies to make our vital work with children and young people across London possible ... Wired4Music is a network of Londoners aged 16-25, all interested in music. From music makers and radio producers to techies and budding A&Rs, Wired4Music connects people from every corner of the capital. We place members of our network at the centre of decision making, co-creating opportunities and amplifying the voices of people to challenge the culture of our capital.‘

* Sound Connections
Visits to the Website129
Also indexedWired4Music
Views of The ‘Full’ Record148

‘Whether you are a professional musician or just starting out, making music can be tough financially. The cost of instruments and private lessons mean some people never discover the joy of learning and playing music. For disabled musicians who need adapted instruments, the problems can be particularly challenging. At Take it away, we work with our retail partners, Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to break down these barriers. A part of Creative United, a community interest company that drives economic growth and social impact in the arts and creative industries, we provide a range of subsidised and non-subsidised loans. These are designed to make learning, playing and participating in music more affordable and open to everyone.’

* Take it away
Visits to the Website6
Views of The ‘Full’ Record20

'Established in 1989 and entirely funded by the music industry. The Trusts’ mission is to give young people a chance to express their musical creativity regardless of race, class, sex or ability ... The Trust’s main source of funding is from the BRIT Awards, Classic BRIT Awards and The Music Industry Trusts Dinner.'

* The BRIT Trust
Visits to the Website161
Also indexedThe British Record Industry Trust
Views of The ‘Full’ Record247

‘Award winning music service for children/adults with learning difficulties. Education, enjoyment & performance. Teaching in Essex, Sussex, Suffolk & London ... The Music Man Project develops the musical instinct that lies within us all to instil confidence, self-esteem and as a vehicle for joy and emotional expression. Rather than focusing on their disability, all students are treated as musicians and Southend Mencap, the charity which runs the project, has only the highest aspirations for what can be achieved by everyone involved in this unique innovation.’

* The Music Man Project UK
Visits to the Website65
Views of The ‘Full’ Record199

'We believe in a world where opportunities for participation, ownership and leadership in music and the arts are available to all ... We aim to inspire, foster and grow a vibrant community of artists, audiences and leaders who together will transform the lives of future generations by increasing opportunity, diversity and excellence in and through jazz.'

* Tomorrow's Warriors
Visits to the Website189
Views of The ‘Full’ Record299

‘Folk development for Wales ... We kindle interest, nurture talent and present the very best of Wales’ folk musicians across the world. We hold day courses and residential courses to help enthusiasts and professionals hone their skills and develop talent across our traditional arts. You’ll find us working in schools, in communities, on festival fields and at international showcases, helping to ensure that the traditional arts of Wales continue to enrich lives regardless of age, background, race or language.’

* trac
Visits to the Website16
Views of The ‘Full’ Record77

'We’re a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. We believe everyone should have the chance to make music. Our projects help young people develop musically, of course, but they have personal and social outcomes too. We know that those facing difficulties - economic problems, lifelong conditions, tough circumstances or behavioural issues - are often the ones who get the most out of music-making. Youth Music offers meaningful chances to young people in complicated situations. With your support, we can make a genuine difference to many more young lives ...'

* Youth Music
Visits to the Website141
Views of The ‘Full’ Record252

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