Restore the Music UK

Funding Music: Changing Lives

Funding music provision in impoverished state schools in areas of high deprivation across London. Restore The Music UK helps state schools build their music depts, offering London's youth new goals and a different future.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1172363)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust

  • We need to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, gets the chance to enjoy music. If access to music is increasingly something that is only available to those who have the benefit of the "Bank of Mum and Dad" then we as a society and a country will be all the poorer for it. We need to nurture the talent pipeline, including by reversing the decline of music in education, so that children from every background have access to music.

    — Michael Dugher, CEO UK Music

  • The UK Music Industry is a powerhouse, worth over £5.2B to the UK economy and producing the greats - the likes of which are known all over the world. And yet - the foundations of this powerhouse is crumbling.

    — Polly Moore (CEO, Restore The Music UK)

  • This disparity between private and state is a matter of social justice. It is simply wrong and unfair that most children have a fraction of the access to choirs, orchestras, art studios, and drama that their peers enjoy.

    — The Guardian (commenting on The Durham Commission's 2019 report on Creativity in Education)

  • All cultures have got music so that should give us a clue that it’s fundamental to humanity and so, therefore, this idea that it’s an optional extra or a luxury is not true. It’s something that has been central to the human experience for ever. Being in a band teaches you eventually that you have to listen to other people. You have to co-operate with people.

    — Jarvis Cocker (Musician, BBC presenter, actor, and Britpop icon)


With education funding cuts, music in state schools is often the first department to suffer, and with dwindling opportunity to engage with others, the most deprived kids are falling into crime out of desperation, need, poverty and loneliness. This isn’t simply about getting children to learn music, it’s about getting them off the streets, away from crime, and giving them the chance to be passionate, focussed and proud.


We give grants to eligible state schools and work closely with them to rebuild music education there. We believe that music is vital for young people. Not only does it introduce them to a universal language and global method of communication, it also gives kids a way to channel their confidence, skill and creativity away from crime, setting them up to succeed in the UK’s music industry – worth over £4bn a year.