Musical Boroughs Trust

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17-09-2019

Press Release: Musical Boroughs Trust

New local music education charity in London seeks trustees

Musical Boroughs Trust launches in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster

Please read the press release HERE about the new charity, 'Musical Boroughs Trust'.

London, 18 September 2019

Musical Boroughs Trust has been granted registered charity status by the UK’s Charity Commission, so that it can start fundraising to help more young people and the wider community engage with music in three London Boroughs. Now it is calling for new trustees to help it in its work.

In the current climate of change and uncertainty, there is a potentially challenging financial future. It is for this reason that we have started the charity so that we can future-proof music education provision, as well as expand the opportunities for the whole community. Stuart Whatmore, one of the founding trustees, and Head of the Tri-borough Music Hub, welcomes the news: “It has been set up to help change lives through the power of music, working alongside the Tri-borough Music Hub.”

“Our next step is to complete the board of the charity, so if you are passionate about music, education and social impact we are looking for local people with fresh ideas to join our founding trustees, helping us to grow and represent our communities”, continues Stuart.

The charity seeks two young trustees aged 17 to 25 years, and also specialists who can offer expertise in fundraising, marketing/communications and finance/accounting. A key aim of the charity is to reduce financial barriers to music education learning for local schoolchildren who face disadvantage, social deprivation, inequality and financial hardship. This includes discounted fees and bursaries for pupils.

A Year 13 pupil who studied music locally says “I could never have achieved all that I did during the last 5 years without the work of the Tri-borough Music Hub as a whole. They care immensely about the way that music helps support children, especially in the most formative years of their lives. The new Musical Boroughs Trust is a fantastic cause and I hope that they can help support countless other young people to access music education.” Tiarnan Morrison, aged 18.

Musical Boroughs Trust is inviting local people to help the new charity in many ways including as potential trustees. Supporters can also make donations, introduce us to potential funders, volunteer (e.g. for our “users voice group”), and generally spread the word. All of these things can help secure the future of music education for people of all ages.

Please email jonathan.chambers@rbkc.gov.uk by Weds 30th October to express interest in a trustee position or to offer your support to the charity.

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