City Music Foundation

Bringing Music Back to Life after Covid-19

CMF’s mission is turning talent into success. We select exceptional, young, professional musicians and support them with comprehensive career development and management. Covid-19 was devastating for our musicians who lost months of work overnight. CMF is now rebuilding their performing careers.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1148641)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


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


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Due to the impact of the lockdown and social distancing measures for Covid-19, music and theatre venues have been closed in the UK and across Europe since March. All our CMF Artists had all their performances cancelled for the foreseeable future, as far ahead as December and into 2021. Musicians have been struggling to pay rent and buy essentials. The situation has also taken its toll on their well-being and self-esteem, as well as on audiences, who depend on live music for spiritual solace.


CMF will now develop, curate and promote an additional series of 10 fully paid recitals in 2021 for our musicians to help their finances and their well-being, and to bring live music back to their audiences too. Many venues cannot now afford to restart in the new circumstances without us doing this. This is as well as the core CMF Artist Programme which we have adapted under lockdown, with a new Hardship Fund, weekly workshops, website building, commissioning new music, and streamed recitals.

  • Thank you so much! It was honestly such a thrill to be playing a recital again, and I am so grateful for this chance! Although I was feeling quite nervous at first, by the end I felt reborn. Thank you for making this beautiful series happen! (this was after the live streamed recital, no audience)

    — CMF Artist who played in live streamed recital series

  • What a magnificent achievement! That really was stunning. You - and those three brilliant artists - have set the bar dizzyingly high for those who come after! I thought what you put out was simply superb - perfect musical choices, sublimely performed and really beautifully captured.

    — Musicologist in the audience for a live-streamed recital

  • Congratulations. That was a triumph musically and technically. Perfect for the moment. Have sent a donation!

    — Audience member from live-streamed concert series

  • I have never been more grateful for the support of City Music Foundation, and to be part of this wonderful family of musicians, as I have been over the past few months. They have been so incredibly supportive during this challenging time.

    — CMF Artist speaking in live-stream recital series