You can help to support the UK’s national charity, Youth Music, when you shop at Musicroom this September. Youth Music invest in grassroots organisations and young people so that more 0–25-year-olds can make, learn and earn in music.
As part of Hal Leonard Europe, Musicroom is raising money for Youth Music with #buytogive. Throughout this month, as part of our ‘Back To School’ campaign, 1% from the sales of selected instruments, gear and accessories will be donated to Youth Music.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact education globally and music education has been particularly hard hit. Making music is an activity that often doesn’t lend itself well to social distancing and the need for specialist tuition means it can’t be always be taught from home. Over the past year, opportunities for young people to get involved in making music have been significantly reduced, both in the classroom and out in the community.
A report produced by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) reveals the pandemic’s ongoing effect on music teaching in schools. In a survey carried out between September-October 2020, 68% of primary school and 39% of secondary school teachers stated that music provision in their schools was being reduced. Extracurricular activities were no longer taking place in 72% of primary schools and 66% of secondary schools.
Youth Music’s mission is for every young person to have the chance to change their life through music, no matter who they are, where they’re from, or what they’re going through. The charity invests in more than 300 grassroots music-making projects every year, supporting children and young people aged 0-25 to make music, develop their skills, and progress on their chosen paths.
“The pandemic has had a devastating financial impact on grassroots music projects we invest in, nationwide. Yet young people facing barriers in their lives need their support now more than ever,” Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music, said. “Through #BuyToGive, Musicroom.com customers will literally help more of these young people to make, learn and earn in music.”
“At Hal Leonard Europe, our vision is for lifelong music making for everyone, and Youth Music’s funding provides vital opportunities to start young people on their musical journeys,” said Tom Farncombe, business development director at Hal Leonard Europe. “The unprecedented disruption of the last 18 months has had a tumultuous effect on music programmes in and out of schools and Youth Music’s support at this time is critical. We’re very proud to continue our partnership with Youth Music as headline partner for the Youth Music Awards and to repeat the #Buytogive campaign.”