City Music Foundation

Turning talent into success - the CMF programme

Education and training of exceptional classical musicians in 'the business of music' via our holistic in-work professional development programme. Learning life-skills, organisation and strategy extends the reach of young musicians beyond performance into innovation and interdisciplinary work.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1148641)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£27,785

Donations

50

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • My conservatoire taught me to make music - City Music Foundation is teaching me to make a living.

    — Andrey Lebedev - guitarist

  • The whole concept of music as a business - nobody had ever talked about this to me before

    — CMF Artist

  • The professional development workshops were very clear and incredibly useful

    — CMF Artist

  • The professional development workshops were very clear and incredibly useful

    — CMF Artist

  • The whole concept of music as a business - nobody had ever talked about this to me before

    — CMF Artist

  • My conservatoire taught me to make music - City Music Foundation is teaching me to make a living.

    — Andrey Lebedev - guitarist

Situation

In recent years, many graduates of music conservatories have found that excellent instrumental or voice training alone is not sufficient career preparation for 21st-century musicians. Thousands of hours of practice does not mean a career as a performer is waiting. Without guidance and support even the most accomplished can end up pursuing other work and being lost to the profession. The future of high quality live music is under threat, unless we act now to keep musicians in the profession.

Solution

CMF is unique in offering musicians one-to-one mentoring and a range of life skills training plus performance and curation opportunities. One CMF artists said, ‘The conservatoire taught me to make music, CMF is teaching me to make a living’. We provide day to day support and advice for soloists and small groups who no longer have the safety net of being at a conservatoire. They work on interdisciplinary projects, learn to spot opportunities, engage new audiences and become self-starting.