Brass for Africa

Brass for Africa

Charity information

Brass for Africa

Brass for Africa is a UK charity that uses music as a tool to empower more than 800 extremely disadvantaged, and often disabled children and young people in Uganda and Liberia. Working with local organisations, we provide weekly brass music education alongside performance opportunities and life skills training to young people from orphanages, slums, and rehabilitation centres. We are the only charity to focus on brass music education in Africa.

Founded 2012

  • Mission statement

    Brass for Africa’s mission is to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Africa through brass music education. The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, slum dwellers, ex street children, refugees and vulnerable children that we support. Our experience has also found music to be an extremely powerful tool to engage not only individuals but unite whole communities, and through brass music we are able to support so many life changing activities.

    We have ambitions to reach many more disadvantaged children and youth and our model for music education is highly scalable, consisting of twice weekly sessions delivered at each project location, typically led by 2-3 trained teachers who have come through the Brass for Africa programmes themselves, and understand the challenges faced by the participants. Brass for Africa aims to replicate this model in five different countries by 2020, transforming the lives of 5,000 children.

  • Aims

    Brass for Africa aims to:

    • Opportunity = To change negative attitudes towards orphans, slum dwellers and people living with disability. Reducing inequality and providing high quality opportunities for all
    • Gender equality = Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls in the communities that we work in
    • Health + wellbeing = To decrease contraction rates of HIV in Africa, by using music as a tool to provide education on women’s health and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
    • Unite = To unite people and community’s through music for positive social change
    • Empower – To use music as a tool to empower and transform the lives of at least 5000 children by 2020
  • Overview

    Established: September 2012

    Registered Charity Number: 1149863

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 24

    Part time staff: 15

    Volunteers: 70

    Phone number: 07944699085

    Address: 65a Oxford Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 2YH

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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