Music Charities

Nordoff Robbins

Play, dance or sing - everyone responds to music. Music has a unique power to reach deep inside us. Nordoff Robbins harnesses music - with all its emotion, energy, resonance and rhythm - to reach children and adults whose lives are constrained by illness, disability, trauma or exclusion. For over 50 years the work pioneered by Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins has set a benchmark in the use of music to promote health and wellbeing. We provide and support a range of services that encompass the depth and breadth of music, encompassing music therapy, music and health projects, and community music projects.

Nordoff Robbins supporters are behind every life changing experience in music that we enable. The financial support people give us means we can harness music to reach and transform the lives of children and adults all over the UK who are constrained by illness, disability, trauma or exclusion. We receive no statutory funding and are heavily reliant on voluntary donations to deliver 34,000 sessions every year - in schools, day centres, hospitals, and care homes across the UK, and in our Centre and Units. Every one of these sessions helps to transform someone's life.

Youth Music

Youth Music is the UK's largest children's music charity providing funding for music projects and activities.

We believe in the power of music to transform young people's lives. Music has the power to encourage and nurture talent; a power that builds confidence and self-esteem; a power that opens new horizons, raises aspirations and helps individuals express who they are.

This is where Youth Music comes in.

Since 1999, we have provided over 2 million children and young people with free access to a range of music-making projects and activities. For many, being given the chance to experience the power of music has been life changing.

Because of Youth Music there are now more high quality music-making opportunities for a wider range of children and young people than ever before, from learning rock guitar or beatboxing to classical violin and everything in between.

Music For Youth

Music for Youth is an educational charity with a worldwide reputation for its work in music education. It provides free access to educational and performance opportunities for all kinds of groups of young musicians and audiences through a nationwide series of festivals and concerts.

The Music for Youth year comprises three major events: the Regional Festival Series, the National Festival and the Schools Prom. Groups enter these events at the beginning of the academic year (September) and are then invited to take part in a local Regional Festival in the Spring. Up to 300 groups are then invited to perform at the National Festival in July. Following the National Festival, a further 30 groups are invited to appear at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in November.

Visit the British Association For Music Therapy for more information on music therapy, details on how to become a Music Therapist or how to contact one.