Learn to Play Day goes live!

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Yesterday, the first official Learn to Play Day national announcement was sent to press offices around the UK, and it included supporting quotes from Jools Holland OBE and Jamie Cullum! There are already 67 venues confirmed around the UK, and county specific releases mentioning every one by name were sent to local press.

There’s still time to get involved! Could your organisation open up its doors for the weekend? Remember; the basic premise it to offer a free, short taster lesson to inspire new and lapsed musicians and welcome them to our wonderful world of music making. You can be as creative as you like with how you do this.

Suppliers – is there a special incentive you could offer to your retailers who are participating with LTPD? Could you run your own event or support a venue local to you? Could you donate some prizes for competitions?

Please contact alice@musicforall.org.uk if you’d like to show your support for this national initiative.

Here’s the press release; let us know if you’d like a copy to share with your networks:

Learn to Play Day 2019 – Stars back FREE music lessons for all initiative

This year Learn to Play Day 2019 – a free, nationwide initiative to get people of all ages and abilities playing a musical instrument – will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March.

Supported by Jools Holland OBE, and run by charity Music for All, the event sees music shops, teachers, venues and schools throughout the UK partner with leading musical instrument brands to offer thousands of FREE music lessons across the weekend.

Since being launched eight years ago, the Learn to Play Day initiative has helped thousands of people pick up and play a musical instrument. Many had never played before, while others played as a child but gave up.

Held in partnership with the Musicians’ Union, the ‘Take It Away’ scheme and Making Music, the Learn to Play Day initiative has been growing in popularity with a record 10,000 free lessons held during last year’s event.

Famed musician Jools Holland said: “As Patron of the Music for All charity, I’m delighted to lend my support to National Learn to Play Day on March 23rd and 24th. It’s a pleasure to be able to share the joy of music, and this special day allows thousands to get involved as venues all over the country offer music lessons for free.”

Fellow artist Jamie Cullum added: “National Learn to Play Day gives everyone a chance to play an instrument, even if they’ve never played before. This wonderful day introduces thousands to the magic of music making, and often reunites people with a lost passion for playing. Get involved and perhaps discover a skill you thought you didn’t have!”

Paul McManus, CEO at Music for All, concluded:

“While we all may have different tastes and preferred genres, there is no doubt that music is something that is universally loved around the world.

“Our Learn to Play Day events are all about spreading the joy of playing a musical instrument and inspiring those of all ages to take up something that will not only have health benefits for the future, but that also brings so many people together.”

To find a FREE music lesson near you, simply visit https://musicforall.org.uk/learntoplayday/