Learn to Play 25 & 26 September 2021 – Organised by Music for All

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Aimed at new and lapsed music makers, Learn to Play offers free 10–15 minute music lessons at local venues. These taster lessons are designed to inspire and motivate, bringing potential and inactive musicians back to music. Learn to Play ’21 will provide a bright and inspiring moment for aspiring and lapsed music makers of all ages, helping them to start or restart their musical journey after lockdown.

The recruitment of venues is now well underway with the National Piping Centre of Scotland being the latest to join the other 20 venues already signed up. Click here to register your venue.

Of the venues already signed up only 5 are currently musical instrument stores with the remainder being community spaces, teachers or teaching centres.

Music for All’s venue recruitment team (Wallis Leahy – wallis.leahy@musicforall.org.uk and Sharon Mair – Sharon.mair@musicforall.org.uk) are guiding venues through the registration process.

The Charity also recently launched a participant’s portal to help participants register their Learn to Play interest in advance.  The details of registered participants will be sent to the closest most appropriate venue from early September.

Why should your music store take part?

This is an excellent opportunity to increase awareness and visibility of your shop, or organisation within your local community. You will be amazed at how many people don’t know you’re there!

Over the years, there’s been some real heart-warming success stories come out of the weekend. Take Jinny, for example, who after a 20 minute Learn to Play Day session at Dawkes is still playing the clarinet 5 years later and is part of a number of bands and orchestras. She says “Whatever your age, there’s nothing to stop you picking up an instrument and achieving your musical dreams!” (Read her full story here).

Offering free educational, enjoyable activities on Learn to Play Day helps bring new customers through the door.

If you’d like to see some previous success stories from companies in MI, check these out:

Music for All also recently announced the recruitment of Orphy Robinson as an Ambassador. Here’s Oprhy talking about why he’s supporting Music for All and the LTP initiative:

Music for All support venues by promoting the event and providing promotional material so venues can publicise their event during the run up and on the day.  This includes regular social media postings and PR support with releases being sent to local and national media.

Music for All is committed to organising events promoting the benefits and joys of music making. The charity assists disadvantaged music makers across the UK. Click here to find out more about their work, its impact on award recipients and how making music can change lives.

Learn to Play ’21 partners include the MIA, Making Music, the Musicians Union and Music Mark, and the event is supported by the NAMM Foundation.