Make Music Make a Difference

We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to make music with others. As a registered charity, we rely on your support to continue providing life-changing programmes for young people in the city.

What's the need?

Music making is linked to improvement in information processing, language development, writing and reading skills, as well as personal and social development. It can also increase motivation, which in turn leads to success across the spectrum, including a higher self-esteem and better performance in school.

Research also indicates that the benefits of music are even greater for disadvantaged young people. Unfortunately, these are the very groups who don’t always get access to quality music making. Did you know that 35% of children in Nottingham live in deprived income households?


Why Now?

It’s the perfect time to donate! NMS is a recipient of Catalyst: Evolve, a grant from Arts Council England that matches all donations made to us between 2016-2019. This means that any sum you donate will automatically be doubled and have TWICE the impact!

Here are some ways you can help make a difference.

Regular Giving

Join our Regular Giving programme and become one of our Champions!

Regular giving is one of the most sustainable sources of revenue for charities. For a small sum – equivalent to the price of a CD or an album download – each month, you can help support hundreds of children to learn and play music.

Bronze: £5/month

Could help one child attend a 2-day music camp

Silver: £10/month

Could provide a musical instrument for one child

Gold: £20/month

Could help staff an Area Band for one week

Perks of Being A Supporter

There is great satisfaction in knowing that you’re helping a young person realise their potential. But as an acknowledgement of your support, we also offer: 

  • Quarterly emails updating you on how your money is making a difference
  • A very lovely certificate, badge and thank you note! 
  • Acknowledgment on our website 
  • For our Gold Champions, we offer discounts at music retailers Normans & Windblowers, two tickets to our Christmas concert and a playing session 

You can also choose your own amount to donate every month. Click here to visit our donation page. Download our Regular Giving brochure by clicking on the file below. You can fill in the form and email it to us at info@nottinghammusichub.org.uk

Regular Giving Brochure

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We also welcome one-off donations! Visit the link above to make safe, secure payments online and help hundreds of children experience the joy of making music with others.

Fundraising Stars

You can help us raise funds through any fun, creative and interesting way you can think of. We will be sharing a fundraising toolkit with you very soon to help come up with new ideas and ways to raise money. If you have any questions, please contact Aisha.iqbal@nottinghammusichub.org.uk

Friends of Nottingham Music Service

If family members attend one of our ensembles, why not join ‘Friends of NMS’? They’re a fantastic group of parents and volunteers who help at events, manage the café on Saturday mornings at Music School and support our work in many other ways.

Want to get involved further? Would you consider joining our committee to help manage volunteers and arrange larger fundraising events? Please contact info@nottinghammusichub.org.uk for more details.


NMS provides a world-class education in music, giving children opportunities that they wouldn’t have otherwise, making it affordable and introducing musical education to families who haven’t experienced it before.

City school head teacher

Primary school pupils performing as part of the recording for our charity single If Every Child Could
Primary school pupils perform our charity single 'If Every Child Could'. Photo credit: Swainson Productions
  • 78%

    of primary schools in Nottingham have a whole class instrumental teaching programme against a national average of 58%

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  • 8,000+

    Pupils are learning to play an instrument in Nottingham, compared to around 500 in 2002

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  • 30%

    of young musicians in the city have progressed to National Qualifications Framework Level 1 compared to a national average of 18%

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