UK Friends of  Music  Fund

Promoting and fundraising to supply decent musical instruments to young people in countries in need


We are a group of enthusiastic UK-based volunteers who are working to raise interest in and funds for Music Fund. 

Music Fund began its work in 2005, collecting musical instruments in Europe, repairing them, and then delivering them to music schools in countries such as Palestine, Mozambique, DRC, Morocco, and Haiti.  The instruments are of all kinds - strings, wind, brass and percussion, and reflect the wishes of the local schools and musicians who choose to play traditional, classical or contemporary music. More than 2500 instruments have been delivered so far.  We also recycle good quality sheet music to accompany some of the instruments.

Music Fund also seeks to build local capacity, so it trains local musicians in instrument repair and maintenance.  It has its own training centre, and helps the newly trained technicians set up and equip their own repair workshops. enabling them to work for the music school and the local community


Music Fund has its headquarters in Brussels, from where its operations are are co-ordinated.   Full details of its work are available on its website www.musicfund.eu (and associated facebook and twitter accounts).


The UK Group works with a range of partners, to raise support for the work of Music Fund in the UK, both through fundraising, but also through events and activities which bring the work to the attention of a wider constituency.  Our partners to date have included the Amati String Auction House, Ronnie Scott's Jazz ClubThe Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, The Angel Orchestra, The Mittlemaier Clinic, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, Fox Lane Studios, The City Chamber Choir and the Gresham Centre.


A number of eminent musicians have supported our work, and internationally renonwed cellist Matthew Barley is the first UK-based ambassador, joining Daniel Barenboim and others across the world.


HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

- Sign up to our newsletter using the form on the "Contact us" page; 
- Make a donation (one off or regular) to our work - write to us via the contact page or at uk@musicfund.eu and we will explain how 
   to do that
;
- Come and meet us at one of our events;
- Offer ideas and skills; our group always welcomes new volunteers.