Music Made Me

Funding towards our bursary scheme will help us support 35 families living in challenging circumstances. Each child will recieve 2 years of access to our vibrant programme of learning, events and practice facilities. Activity will run from our inclusive venue in the heart of Bellingham, Lewisham

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1169721)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


Right now in Lewisham the opportunities for children to engage in music are uneven and all too often dependant family income. We have the highest proportion of children and young people (29.6%) living in economic deprivation in England. Through state funding children in primary school currently receive one year of free instrumental lessons. However without our support many of Lewisham's children will not continue to get access to these musical opportunities. Through our tailored programme of learning, events and mentoring we are here to change this!


Through our wide network of referral partners including social service, looked after children service, young carers teams, special schools etc. we will identify those children and young people most in need of bursary support. Each young person will be paired with one of our inspirational music mentors. They will benefit from a wide-ranging programme of individually tailored support for at least two years. The programme includes weekly tuition, instrument loan, music workshops and social events.

  • "I have been able to interact with people from all walks of life because of our shared love and passion for music"

    — Emmerson, 13

  • "Music is a form of expression whether it is happiness or sadness and has changed my life"

    — Jermaine, 15

  • “In the current educational and cultural environment, creative opportunities are rare. It is essential that young people see their personal and creative development as important and their chosen careers as valid and valuable.”

    — Parent/ Carer B

  • "These sessions / opportunities are a lifeline for our children. They are becoming adults and the tutors and mentors treat our kids as young adults, not children which helps them recognise they are maturing, and J certainly feels proud of himself and his achievements after these sessions.”

    — Parent A