What is the Make Music 2 Make Music challenge?
The Make Music 2 Make Music challenge is a campaign running in 2016, inviting performing musicians to simply make music at a gig or concert and pledge to make a donation from their proceeds to Musical Futures. This could be any kind of gig such as a school concert, a pub gig, a tube busk or a YouTube broadcast. We invite musicians young or old, big or small to get involved. No matter big of small the donation, every penny counts.
What are we raising money for?
Musical Futures, are raising £40,000 to prioritise our work with 2,000 children at eight primary schools in the most deprived towns and cities in England. With your support, we will implement the Musical Futures approach in these schools through equipping them with instruments, training teachers and ensuring children of all backgrounds have an opportunity to benefit from music-making. Additionally, we will give each school one year of professional support beyond the campaign, the impact of which will be felt by its children for many years to come.
How do I pledge to take part?
Our Make Music 2 Make Music challenge is an opportunity for anybody who loves music to support others to make it. To take part simply:
- Register your pledge for support using the Pledge Form below.
- Download the Supporter Pack with easy-to-print campaign branding and details of how to pay your donation.
- Put on your gig and rock out!
- Tell others to put on their own gig.
- Smile in the knowledge that you have helped more kids make music in school.
Who has already pledged?
Here is a map of current supporters of the campaign. As the campaign gets underway, we will publish a live thermometer of donations against our fundraising target.
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Why is music education so important?
The UK has a rich and thriving music industry, and a history of musicians learning, playing and creating music. Many successful artists taught themselves how to perform and write without a traditional music education including Adele, David Bowie, Edward Elgar, The Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris and Dizee Rascal. We know that being involved in music impacts on overall wellbeing, develops a range of transferable skills, and often reveals hidden talent and creativity among young people. We also know that teachers working in areas of deprivation deliver music in an environment of challenging and competing priorities – children are more likely to have special educational needs, poor mental wellbeing and little exposure to high quality cultural activity. Music often ends up as a low priority, with little investment in equipment and generalist teachers not confident teaching music. Yet, the solution to these problem can often be addressed through music. A small investment of training for teachers and new music equipment could literally change lives in a school.