London Music Fund

London Music Fund Big Give Campaign

The London Music Fund is an independent charity with the Mayor of London as Patron. Our vision is that every child who demonstrates significant musical ability, enthusiasm and commitment to learning an instrument is given the opportunity to develop their potential, regardless of their background.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 23 June 2020 to 6:00 PM, 3 July 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1141216)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom

  • The Scholarship has allowed me to access so many new opportunities. I hope to become an inspirational musician in the future. To let people know that with hard work and determination you can achieve all your dreams. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

    — Zainab, Flute Scholar, aged 11

  • The funding allows R’wan to keep progressing. He is gaining a lot more confidence, especially while performing, as well as making new friends. He enjoys having fun with music and being with other children who have the same interests.

    — Parent of R'wan,Trumpet Scholar

  • Playing a musical instrument develops a huge range of skills, from communication, confidence and perseverance, to muscle-memory. I believe that for children in our city, learning music should be a right, not a privilege. I am proud to be the Patron of the London Music Fund.

    — Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

  • The London Music Fund offers fantastic opportunities for talented young musicians to get together, play their instruments and make new friends all whilst being coached by some amazing players and teachers. Their work is so important, now more than ever.

    — Julian Bliss, Clarinettist and Ambassador


Now, more than ever, we believe that music making is extraordinarily important to children and young people. In this very challenging time of COVID-19, we have seen that accessing music, singing, art and culture has been a huge source of comfort, support and joy to everyone. We believe passionately, more than ever, that all children should have access to this, and not just those from more affluent backgrounds. Children deserve to make music, and we want to ensure that they can all do so.


Through our Scholarship programme we enable children from low-income families to access instrumental tuition, ensembles and bands, mentors, and concerts and performances. In the 12-24 months following this outbreak, this work will be needed more than ever. We bring all our young people together to regularly make music, and - although we have had to cancel our workshops this summer - we cannot wait until the lockdown is lifted and we will be able to make music together again!