Project information

Mayor's Music Fund Scholarships Project

Learning a musical instrument produces confident, creative children who are self-motivated, self-disciplined, understand the importance of teamwork and for whom music is a life-changing experience.

We help London's disadvantaged children by funding a four-year music scholarship programme.

December 2016 - December 2020

Charity information

Mayor's Music Fund

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  • Need


    There is overwhelming evidence that learning an instrument not only produces well-rounded, confident children but it improves academic achievement particularly in maths and IT.

    However, despite 80% of primary school children saying they would like to continue to learn a musical instrument once free lessons in school stop, only 8% of parents can afford the cost of tuition.

    Our mission is to provide opportunities for as many aspiring young musicians as possible to enjoy their music.


    We award 4 year scholarships to children based on musical potential, commitment and financial need. Our programme has been specifically designed to bridge the complex transition between primary and secondary school with the majority of recipients being 9-10 years old. Scholars receive a weekly 2 hr programme of sustained, high quality tuition delivered in borough to include an individual lesson, after school orchestra and choir, performance opportunities, the loan of an instrument and a mentor.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide six talented young Londoners with a 'Big Give' scholarship.


    » Work closely with local music educators to identify 6 potential scholars and build a case for individual need.
    » Provide new scholars with a comprehensive programme of music making throughout the academic year.
    » Provide playing day events, led by professional musicians, for new scholars to integrate with existing scholars & develop creative and social skills.

    We work with an independent music education consultant to monitor impact and measure success. We produce reports with input from scholars, mentors and music teachers.

  • Impact


    The project will increase the number of young Londoners having the opportunity to continue their musical education. We measure success by scholars staying engaged throughout the programme, taking graded exams, performing in public, representing their school and community, developing leadership skills and helping as peer-mentors post-award. Some will go on to study Music GCSE and some may even make a career in music. Our scholarship programme makes all this possible.


    Scholars may drop out. If this occurs we will work with borough music educators to identify a new recipient to ensure that the money donated is still working for us. Already our programme is over-subscribed and there is a waiting list of applicants to draw from. However, we try to avoid this risk in the first place by awarding scholarships to young people who already show dedication and enthusiasm to their musical studies.


    Scholarship donors receive regular progress updates including copies of mid-year and end of year reports, a termly newsletter and any impact or research reports we produce. We also hold special scholar performances that donors are invited to attend.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Weekly lessons 30 mins lesson x 6 scholars
      £3,600 Music Service attendance Orchestra and ensemble provision x 6 scholars
      £3,300 Mentoring Mentor fee x 6 scholars
      £2,400 Playing Days Attendance at playing days x 6 scholars
      £2,400 Monitoring Contribution to consultants monitoring fee x 6 scholars
      £2,400 Administration MMF administration costs x 6 scholars
      £1,900 General Costs Instrument Hire/Exam Fees x 6 scholars
  • Background


    Our reach is across all 32 London boroughs and we have developed strong relationships with the 29 Music Education Hubs and schools in the boroughs. We have achieved this not only through our scholarship provision, but also by facilitating partnership projects between the Music Hubs and the capital's music/arts organisations. We have a strong understanding of issues effecting music education in London and we work with the Music Hubs to address this need together.


    The primary beneficiaries are the young people receiving the scholarships.Their access to music education and the arts has a wider effect on their families, peers and local communities who can attend regular scholar performances and experience firsthand the positive social impact that the scholarships has on the young people. The Music Hubs and local schools also benefit from the project as we are able to fill a vital gap in music education,as well as relieving the financial burden on families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2012 we have worked with over 300 young music scholars across every London borough to develop their musical potential. By bringing together the expertise of MMF core staff and the knowledge of the Music Hubs we have been able to tailor a scholarships programme that addresses gaps in provision, targeting areas of most need. Our strong collaborative working enables us to engage high quality musicians and educationalists to provide exceptionally high quality and innovative work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chrissy Kinsella

    Chief Executive - responsible for the overall vision and direction of the Mayor's Music Fund.

    Henrietta Temple

    Executive Assistant - responsible for programme management, providing the vital link between the Mayor's Music Fund, the music hubs and scholars.

    Annie Cartwright

    Education Consultant - monitors and evaluates the scholarship programme and provides comprehensive reports to the board.

Music isn’t a nice-to-have; it is an essential part of every child’s development.

Boris Johnson - Mayor of London and Founder Patron