Today we announced the launch of our Bursary Campaign to provide free music tuition for children and young people.
With the cost-of-living crisis, more families than ever are struggling to meet everyday bills and paying for music lessons isn’t possible. The campaign seeks to ‘level up’, removing barriers to participation. The charity is calling on people and businesses to give the gift of music to a child. World Heart Beat also provides students with free instruments and would love to hear from people with good quality instruments (excluding keyboards) that they would be willing to donate.
“Learning an instrument is like magic – it opens doors. Countless research tells us that children and young people learn better and faster in all areas of their life if they learn music. Coming together to make music transcends social divides. It brings humanity and joy, friendships, and happiness into the lives of our students. We hope people will be inspired to help and make a gift”Sahana Gero, Artistic Director
World Heart Beat transforms the lives of children and young people, offering an equality of opportunity to all, with free tuition and instruments to those who need them. It costs £1200 to give a child free tuition for a year. Free access is vital, as music teaching in schools has been severely cut, and the chance to play an instrument is denied to those that cannot afford to pay.
World Heart Beat nurtures the talents of the next generation in a warm and welcoming environment, which sees young people thrive. Students can learn 13 different genres of music to include Jazz, Latin, Indian music and Western Classical. More than half of their students receive free tuition through bursaries, and this number is growing. 60% of World Heart Beat’s students are ‘Black, Asian or minority ethnic’, reflective of the diversity of their communities. Young people typically come to the academy for seven years and 77% of our students taking Trinity/ABRSM exams receive a merit or distinction.
Following the recent opening its second academy in Embassy Gardens, the charity can offer more opportunities to more young people than ever before, from instrumental tuition to creative industries skills training.
People can support the campaign by donating online. No gift is too small.
For individuals or businesses interested in supporting a number of students across the year, with associated naming, please contact Sal Sherratt, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org