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Mayoral charities raise £20 million

4 years ago


This week the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, thanked Londoners and businesses that have helped raise £20 million for three charities created to increase opportunities for young people in the capital, including the Mayor's Music Fund.

The Mayor’s Music Fund began operations in 2011 to address the middle ground between group sessions at school and continued advancement as a musician, increasing access to individual lessons and ensembles. Their 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.

Mayor's Music Fund musicians

Each year it awards grants worth £400,000 to enable gifted youngsters to develop their talent as musicians, with 340 talented children from low-income families receiving four year music scholarships. In addition, more than 6,500 young Londoners have also taken part in music and cultural projects, including being mentored by and performing alongside professional musicians at venues around the capital.

Lincoln Abbotts, Director of Strategic Development at ABRSM, said: 'ABRSM wants to support and inspire as many people as possible to participate and progress in music. That's why we're working in partnership with the Mayor's Music Fund to give young musicians in London the opportunity to realise their musical potential.'

Mayor's Music Fund musicians and Boris Johnson

How does ABRSM work with the Mayor's Music Fund?

ABRSM offers Mayor's Music Fund scholarships to twelve talented young London musicians, contributing £12,500 a year to their tuition.

  • Find out more about ABRSM scholarships and funding activities
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