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Project information

Don’t Stop the Music

To improve what Music Alive can achieve in creating opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Established in 2002 we've already created 1000s of inclusive music sessions, recordings and performances with some very able people of all ages, abilities, needs and preferences.

July 2017 - August 2017

Charity information: Music Alive

Music Alive logo
  • Need


    Debbie Wolfsohn who founded Music Alive is becoming increasingly disabled by Multiple Sclerosis, so what we do and how we do it needs to change to ensure that Music Alive continues to provide excellent services and resources to disabled people in the wider community.


    This project aims to source sufficient funds to be able to expand and strengthen a Music Alive team that includes disabled people, their supporters and volunteers as well as paid specialist workers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Strengthen the operational management of Music Alive.


    » Recruit new Trustees and volunteer administrators.
    » Identify available funding to be able to employ a Music Sessions Administrator, Performances and Workshop Facilitator and a Development Director.

    What success will look like

    Music Alive will operate efficiently without excessive demands on Debbie. Long serving Trustees will be able to retire, whilst Music Alive continues to be properly managed.

    Aim 2

    Continue Music Alive's usual activities.


    » Provide musical activities that benefit disabled people in the way that best suits them.
    » Provide excellent performances and workshops in the community.
    » Provide support and coordination to trainees and volunteers.
    » Document our activities and financial transactions so that they can be properly reported.

    What success will look like

    Monthly management reports that are properly scrutinised and annual reports submitted to the Charities Commission and Companies House.

    Aim 3

    Ensure more people know how to use music as a tool to achieve positive changes.


    » Provide hands on opportunities to promote skills development for musicians, carers, family members and disabled people.
    » Provide short courses sharing our skills and knowledge.
    » Engage an experienced community musician and trainer (Mark Bick) to provide a structured long term training project.

    What success will look like

    The number of active engagements with training opportunities will be documented and included in reporting procedures. Trainees will share new skills and knowledge.

    Aim 4

    Strengthen Music Alive's reserve.


    » Increase fundraising activities.

    What success will look like

    A healthy bank balance.

  • Impact


    Disabled people who use and help provide our services will be healthier and gain new skills and abilities. We will celebrate and enable them to share their talents in performances and recordings when appropriate. When more discretion is required, feedback from the individual disabled person themselves, their parents, carers and professionals will be sought to ensure that we're doing the right things in the right way.

    Our public profile online will reflect major achievements and initiatives.


    Not enough income is sourced to continue meeting financial commitments: Trustees keep a close eye on our financial situation and take appropriate action when necessary. Expenditure is projected in budgets and services contracted responsibly.

    Not enough people are available to provide or participate in music sessions and performances: More skilled music facilitors will better ensure the stability of our services. More communications and admin support will result in more participants


    As required by the donor. Monthly reports of financial, training and musical activities will provide evidence of progress made internally and this will be used in correspondence with funders and by quarterly external reports hosted from our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £119,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Premises and Facilities Costs Purpose built music room, storage and office space at Highworth Community Centre and room hire
      £60,000 Performance and music session Debbie Wolfsohn and other skilled musicians at various stages of their career as finances allow.
      £20,000 Administration Communications, Statutory compliance, Fundraising, Finance and Sessions Administration
      £2,000 Volunteer costs To organise and reimburse expenses incurred in their work. 75 people gave >1467 hours last year.
      £30,000  Training Externally provided and available skills sharing and development activities.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    MARepeatFunders17 £1,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Based in Highworth Community Centre (a former primary school), Music Alive benefits from this very friendly and helpful place to be located. We're a little too far from the centre of Highworth for some people's liking but there is a bus stop less than five minutes away. Socio-economic statistics about Swindon suggest a very typical English setting. Travel in rural areas can be expensive and inconvenient. As potential participants are sometimes deterred, we also run sessions elsewhere


    Children and adults with learning, communication and physical disabilities mainly living within a 30 mile radius.

    Those who use or want to learn how to employ music as a tool for communication and self-expression in disabled people for professional and social purposes.

    Audiences who experience performances from diverse and excellent music makers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Music Alive is the only organisation in the area that provides specialist music sessions both with and for people with disabilities. People travel considerable distances to attend our activities. We have a large resource of instruments to suit all ages, abilities, interests and preferences located in a purpose built environment that people very much appreciate being in. The in depth expertise, knowledge and experience that we have acquired over decades is well respected.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Seán Devine

    Music Alive Trustee and parent. MA's resources enabled his 12 year old son to attend music lessons then perform brilliantly.

    Nathan Baines

    Volunteer and beneficiary, Nathan helps provide other people's music sessions, performs, promotes etc.as well as enjoying learning new musical skills

    Debbie Wolfsohn

    Access to Music Specialist with over 30 years experience with Drake Music, Share Music, Music for Living etc. Director of Music Alive since 2002

Tech Jam in a Saturday Lunchtime Session

"I like to go to the sessions as it feels good knowing there's other musically minded people out there. They too struggle with a disability but the music we make is good fun and provides a sense of achievement."

Beneficiary who expended much effort to say this