Established in 2009, Music First was set-up in the belief that learning to play an instrument and performing with others brings considerable personal benefits, especially for disadvantaged children. Inspired by the acclaimed El Sistema model in Venezuela, Music First provides free music education for deprived primary school children living in Islington.
To date, we have established two Music First community hubs in Highbury Grove and Islington Arts and Media School (IAMS), building partnerships with 14 primary and 2 secondary schools. Over 1,000 children have been loaned instruments, received tuition and participated in music-making. Islington was specifically chosen for the project because it is one of the country’s most disadvantaged boroughs – with the second highest rate of child poverty. Many of these children would therefore not have had the opportunity to learn an instrument without our support. Please donate to support our cause.
Charity No: 1136028
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