Help ensure that Covid-19 doesn’t limit access to a musical education for the young people in Merton.
Merton Music Foundation (MMF) is hoping to raise £4,500 to provide instrumental lesson bursaries to families who have been financially affected by Covid-19.
Your donation will make a difference:
Donate now to help give the gift of music to Merton’s promising young musicians. Don’t forget, your donation will be doubled by The Greenwood Bursary Fund – so there has never been a better time to give!
There are two ways to donate:
Or donate by text
You can make the minimum donation amount of £5 by texting GIVEMUSIC to 70085. Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard rate message. By texting, you will be opting in to hear how your donation has helped support the young people of Merton and to learn more about our work and fundraising via telephone or SMS (we promise not to bombard you with messages!). If you do not wish to receive marketing communications, text GIVEMUSICNOINFO 10 to 70085 to donate £10, GIVEMUSICNOINFO 15 to give £15 or GIVEMUSICNOINFO 20 to give £20.
The money we raise will be used to establish MMF’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. This fund will be open to applications from young people who live or go to school in Merton and show enthusiasm and/or aptitude for music but cannot access instrumental tuition due to the impact of Covid-19 on their families. The fund will cover a minimum of 75% of the costs of one-to-one 20-minute online instrumental lessons, the full cost of instrumental hire and subsidise 100% of the cost of membership of MMF’s Music Centre for up to ten young people for at least one academic year.
We know that for some pupils, accessing online learning is also a barrier. If we meet young people in need of devices, internet connectivity or other support to facilitate online learning – we will allocate funds from this campaign accordingly to support them.
Every donation received will be matched by The Greenwood Bursary Fund, in memory of former Director of Education for Merton, Ronald Greenwood, up to a total value of £3,000.
This means that if you donate £15 – we will receive £30!
We only have until Monday 20th July to hit our target of £4,500 – will you help us?
Show us your support – share a photo of yourself/your child playing or holding a musical instrument on social media:
Use the hashtag: #MMFDontStopTheMusic
Tag: @MertonMusic (Twitter & Instagram) / @Merton Music Foundation (Facebook)
Spread the word – tell your friends, family, school community and neighbours about our campaign by sharing our social media posts.
Merton Music Foundation is a small independent charity, established in 1991 to advance musical education for the young people of Merton and the surrounding areas. When not in lockdown, we reach around 4,000 young people every week through our instrumental lessons; school programmes; special projects; and youth ensembles. Since we shut the doors of our Morden-based Music Centres in March, we have been busy providing online music lessons and ensembles for hundreds of young people in and around Merton.
Covid-19 has torn apart the routines and learning opportunities of young people all around the world. Learning an instrument provides young people with a sense of purpose, a creative outlet, immeasurable cognitive and emotional benefits and the stability of regular contact with their music tutor. Families have suffered huge financial losses and unfortunately, for many children, continuing their instrumental tuition remotely has not been possible.
The economic impact of Covid-19 on musicians has also been overwhelming. MMF oversees a diverse and talented team of self-employed musicians and educators who deliver instrumental lessons within our schools and wider community. Social distancing measures have resulted in a profound and long-lasting damage to their livelihoods; from the cancelation of all live performances, postponement of recording sessions and significant fall in the amount of teaching work available. By supporting our Don’t Stop the Music campaign, you will be helping provide an invaluable source of income for local musicians and educators.
The money we raise will be used to establish MMF’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund. This fund will be open to applications from young people who show enthusiasm and/or aptitude for music but cannot access instrumental tuition due to the impact of Covid-19. The fund will cover a minimum of 75% of the costs of one-to-one 20-minute online instrumental lessons, the full cost of instrumental hire and subsidise 100% of the cost of membership of MMF’s Music Centre for ten young people for at least one academic year.
We know that for some pupils, accessing online learning is a barrier. If we meet young people in need of devices, internet connectivity or other support to learn music in lockdown – we will allocate funds from this campaign accordingly to support them.
We are accepting applications for the Don't Stop The Music fund now. To apply on behalf of your child, please complete the form using the link below.
Application Criteria - we are a looking for young people (18 and under) who:
- Live or go to school in the London Borough of Merton
- Demonstrate an enthusiasm and/or aptitude for learning an instrument
- Have been prohibited from participating in instrumental lessons by the financial impact of COVID-19
That would be great! More money would mean that we could increase the level or length of the bursary that we award to individual pupils. If we significantly overfund, we can offer additional bursary places to more pupils – which means more young people learning and more local tutors earning a living.
These are difficult times for us all. Music offers young people a feeling of normality, a creative outlet, and a sense of purpose in these challenging times. Your donation will also support the livelihoods of local musicians and tutors and help us to keep Moving Music Forward.