We are raising funds to continue our vital support to our existing bursary students for another year and expand our bursary programme to allow more aspiring musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds to enjoy the personal and social benefits of making music together at Young Music Makers.
Young people need a sense of purpose, achievement and belonging in order to thrive. Our disadvantaged young people have been disproportionately impacted by the disruption to education and social life during the pandemic. With more than a third of young people in Camden living in low-income households or from minority ethnic communities, we want to ensure the many benefits of Young Music Makers' musical experience - at the heart of the community for over 50 years - remain accessible to all.
Our bursary programme enables young people from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds to experience the transformative benefits of community music-making. Individual lessons nurture new skills while group music fosters a sense of belonging and encourages friendships to develop. Numerous performance opportunities allow for personal growth and increased confidence, where marginalised young people can challenge themselves and enjoy a sense of shared achievement in a supportive environment.