The Mayor of London's Fund for Young Musicians

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    Support Us

    With no Government, local authority or Arts Council funding we rely entirely on private philanthropy to fund our charitable activities. We welcome donations of any size and particularly encourage regular giving, which helps ensure our day-to-day work continues, and that crucially, we can plan for the future.

    All our supporters receive termly updates on what our budding young musicians have been up to, events news and our plans for the future.  In addition each level of support carries its own unique benefits.

    Become a ‘Mayor’s Music Fan’
    a monthly standing order of

    £12 - funds play-days, workshops and holiday courses for one young musician

    £45 – funds weekly lessons in school and attendance at Saturday music centre for one young musician

    £85 - funds all of the above plus hire and repair of an instrument, music books, exam fees, a mentor (music and pastoral), visits to live concerts, monitoring and impact assessment

    Become a ‘Patron’
    minimum 2-year commitment

    Soloist: £4,000 pa (and multiples thereof)
    For each year of your commitment we will pair you with one Mayor’s Music Scholar per £4,000 pledged.
    You will receive:

    • Scholar’s name, age, borough, instrument being learnt & photo
    • A short mid-year progress report and a full end-of-year report
    • Invitations to scholars’ workshops,  performances  and annual ‘Playing Day’

    Ensemble: £12,000 – £24,000 pa
    For each year of your commitment we will pair you with one of our Partnership projects.
    You will receive:

    • Details of the schools and professional arts organisations taking part
    • A short mid-year progress report and a full end-of-year report
    • Invitations to project workshops and end of project performance
    • An invitation for you and a guest to attend Scholars & Partners morning at City Hall
    • A termly Mayor’s Music Fund newsletter
    • Annual report and website acknowledgement

    Mayor’s Music Circle: £25,000+ pa

    For each year of your commitment we will pair you with one Partnership project  and one Mayor’s Music Scholar.
    In addition to the above you will receive:

    • An annual invitation to lunch with the Mayor
    • 4 complimentary places at the annual London Music Awards
    • 4 complimentary places at our annual Breakfast with the Mayor
    • The opportunity to use London’s Living Room on the 9th Floor of City Hall for a one-off event

    Sponsor a Music Partnership

    These 1-2 year collaborations between borough music services and performing arts organisations deliver innovative and ambitious projects that address a gap in provision, providing hundreds of young people with enriching experiences by learning from and performing alongside professionals. Each Partnerships is individually costed, so if you are interested please call or drop us an email.

    Event Sponsorship Opportunities
    We are always on the look out for sponsors for our 3 major annual events and promise attractive benefits in return for your support.

    • London Music Awards at the Roundhouse in June
    • Scholars’ Day at City Hall in September
    • Mayor’s Annual Business Breakfast in the autumn

    Participate in a Challenge Event
    If you are interested in taking part in a challenge event please pick up the phone!

    • Virgin London Marathon
    • Prudential Ride London Surrey 100
      Sure 10k Run to the Beat
    • Develop your own challenge event

    Leave us a Legacy
    We would love you to remember us in your Will, and if you are a composer, songwriter or publisher, please consider leaving the gift of your music to us.  If you are thinking about making a Will or adding us as a codicil to your Will, we recommend you talk to a solicitor who will advise you how to proceed.

    If you would like to support us in any of the above ways please call Sonia Joseph on 020 7983 4617 or email

    To make a donation online click  My Donate button at the bottom of this page.  BT’s on-line giving service  My Donate charges 1.3% commission and will automatically process Gift Aid.  If you are a UK taxpayer please tick the box and you will immediately increase your donation by 25%.


    How the mayor and the GLA support us:
    The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture are committed to supporting musical opportunities for children and young people across the capital. As well as the Mayor being our Founder Patron, the GLA is working in partnership with the charity providing a range of in-kind support to the value of approximately £100,000pa.