The UK musical instrument industry’s charity, Music for All, today launched its Christmas Appeal, Help 100, aimed at making the music aspirations of 100 disadvantaged young people a reality in the New Year.
“With the ongoing cuts to budgets and resources, music education in our schools continues to decline meaning too many of our children are losing out on the positive benefits of music making,” states Paul McManus, CEO of Music for All.
“Research has shown that these benefits extend far beyond the joy of learning to play an instrument and include increasing a young person’s concentration, creativity and self-esteem.
Our Christmas Appeal will allow us to make a positive difference to the lives of 100 disadvantaged young people throughout the UK by providing them with the instruments and professional lessons they require to start their own music journey.”
Help 100 aims to support 100 young people who are disadvantaged socially, physically or financially at the start of 2020 and is in addition to Music for All’s annual grant cycle.
Young people such as Millie (12) who is autistic and struggles with anxiety and focussing. It was her dream to learn to play the piano. Music for All helped with the provision of a keyboard and lessons with a professional teacher who specialises in supporting those living with neurological and developmental conditions. Her teacher has been very impressed with Millie’s musical aptitude and reports that she ‘has the ears of a Grade 5 student already, as she can distinguish rhythm, timing and complex chord structures just from listening.’ In addition, Millie’s parents believe music has had a positive impact on her well-being as her anxiety levels have decreased dramatically, she’s calmer and happier.
The charity is appealing to the music industry to help raise the funds required to meet Help 100’s goal. A Just Giving page has been created for donations and the proceeds of festive fundraisers – www.justgiving.com/MusicforAllHelp100
Paul continues, “The industry has always been tremendously supportive of the charity over the years and we hope that it will engage with Help 100, our first Christmas Appeal. What a start to the New Year it would be for each of our young beneficiaries to discover that their dream of music making will become a reality.”
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For further information on Help 100, the work of Music for All or to apply for a grant www.musicforall.org.uk