Project information

Extend autism workshops into East Midlands

To expand into a new geographical area - the East Midlands - to leverage a new partnership with the David Ross Foundation who support a group of Academies in that area including a special school

January 2017 - January 2018

Charity information

Music for Autism

Music for Autism
  • Need


    We feel strongly that it is an issue of 'social justice' that children and adults with autism or learning difficulties ought to have access to classical music/music workshops as their peers do. This principle is integral with our programme of expansion and working with partners throughout the UK - basically, we are aiming to 'normalise' what is presently an exclusive experience for a few privileged young people with autism. It is a matter of 'access for all'.


    This project will enable us to significantly increase its help to this group - as well as their families and carers - by participation in our tailored live music making workshops.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Our ambition is to increase the number of beneficiaries by 20% pa and into new geographical areas


    » offer our workshops free at point of use to special schools in the East Midlands, to leverage our partnership with the David Ross Foundation

    We will record the number of people with disabilities and their families and carers, who have access to our workshops

  • Impact


    The lasting value of these workshops has been proven by the improved well-being and calmer behaviour of the participants and endorsed by many letters of recommendation from schools and centres visited. Events deliver enduring improvement to the lives of carers and families as well as the participants. We will continue to request feedback after each workshop.


    We anticipate five main categories of risk:
    1. We might overrun the budgeted time and cost.
    2. Ensuring adequate own financial resources.
    3. Management and resources may be redirected to urgent day to day activities.
    4. Demand for workshops may exceed our capacity to supply them.
    5. We may not raise adequate funding to meet the needs of our plan.


    By posting progress onto the mfa website, and by contacting our major donors directly

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 workshops 20 workshops at special schools. Each event costs £1000 per day in musicians fees & travel expenses
  • Background


    Music for Autism (MfA) would expand into a new geographical area and provide an additional 20 events per year for three years at Eresby Special School and other schools within DRET’s heartlands of the East Midlands.


    We would provide two full days of concerts every term (6 a year) at Eresby School. We would also liaise with other DRET Academies with a view to engaging with their mainstream SEN pupils to assist with their learning and development. In total MfA would earmark approximately 10 performances (out of the 20 per year proposed) to be in DRET Academies. We would also identify other special schools in the area to deliver the remaining 10 concerts proposed.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MfA's concerts have been developed and refined over 12 years and delivered to date to more than 45,000 children and 30,000 carers and teachers at schools devoted to autism or for those with multiple disabilities and complex needs. All our concerts are fully-subsidised to enable any school to participate.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Lubbock

    John leads a quartet of musicians that visit special schools. He and his wife founded MfA following the diagnosis with autism of their son Ali.


Pays for one day's workshop at a special school

“..every student in the school - 180 - took part and it was truly wonderful to see the sense of enjoyment and achievement. Music is the best tool for communication and expression for people with autism. Your musicians approach that allows the students to express themselves without reservation"

Kennel Lane Autistic School Bracknell