Make Music Make a Difference

Last year we celebrated 21 years of making music make a difference in Nottingham City. We are proud of how far we have come - from just over 600 young people learning to play an instrument to more than 8,000 city pupils now engaged in music making. We couldn't have done this without you.

We understand that this is a tough time for most of us with the current economic crisis, however we need to make sure that we continue to provide our young people the musical opportunities they need to thrive and succeed. There are many ways you can support us, please read below to see how.

Join our Monthly Giving Programme!

Did you know that we have our own Monthly Giving programme? Monthly giving is one of the most sustainable sources of revenue for charities. For a small sum – equal to the price of a CD or an album download – each month, you can help support hundreds of children to learn and play music. We are looking to sign up more monthly givers - if you or anyone you know is passionate about music making and Nottingham, please join our programme and become one of our Champions!

Bronze: £5/month

Will help staff 'Band Connect' for one week, helping young children improve their skills on the guitar, bass, & keys.

Silver: £10/month

Will support the venue hire costs at Nottingham Contemporary for three weekly rehearsals for our Robin Hood Youth Orchestra.

Gold: £20/month

Will help two Nottingham City pupils attend the inspirational 2-day Music Camp at Ilam, Peak District

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: 

  • Emails updating you on how your money is making a difference
  • A badge and thank you note! 
  • Acknowledgment on our website
  • An opportunity to attend an ensemble rehearsal and see the impact your donation

You can also choose your own amount to donate every month. Click here to visit our donation page. If you have any trouble setting up your monthly donation, please give us a call at 0746 0734091 and we can help set it up for you.

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.

Arts Council England

We are grateful to the Arts Council England for supporting our music hub. With ACE support, we can continue to provide, and expand, our inspirational music education programmes in Nottingham City.

Trusts & Foundations

We are incredibly grateful to Trusts and Foundations that have devoted their energies to supporting projects in the arts. It is because of their support that we can expand the reach of our programmes and make sure that every child in Nottingham has the opportunity to make music with others.

A Massive Thank You to the BBC Children in Need

We have received a two-year grant from the BBC Children in Need to support the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra from September 2023 to July 2025.

We would also like to thank the BNA Charitable Trust, the Forman Hardy Charitable Trust and the Backstage Trust for their grants towards our programmes.

Legacies & In Memoriam

For anyone who would like to donate to our charity as a legacy, in their will or wish for people to make donations at their funeral, please get in touch with us. We can create a special 'In Memory Of' donation page on our website, where people can donate directly to show their love and express their condolences.

Your donations will help support music making in the city and enable more young people to benefit from the joys of music. 

Support Us by Shopping!

We have registered with Easyfundraising, a great site where you can help Nottingham Music Hub raise funds simply by doing your everyday online shopping!

Over 3,600 big name retailers are included, such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, eBay, Boden and M&S. Every time you shop, we receive a small donation to say ‘thank you!’ It’s completely free and over £20M has been raised for causes just like us so far.

We want to raise as much as possible so please sign up and help us out by clicking here!

Stay Connected

As a charity, it is very important for us to stay in touch with our supporters. Please subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date with our events, competitions and achievements! We value your time and promise to only email you 3 to 5 times a year. We would love to share our stories and successes, and let you know how your support is helping us make music make a difference.

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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

Corporate Giving

A Massive Thank You!

We want to thank Capital One UK for selecing our charity as one of the beneficiaries of their fantastic Uplift Grant Scheme. The funding received will support our RHYO InterConnect programme, a training orchestra for young people in Nottingham City. Capital One UK is one of the top 10 companies in UK providing credit cards to people and helping them succeed with credit.

We would also like to thank the Browne Jacobson (LLP) and the A. W. Lymn Family Funeral Service for their support of our work in Nottingham City.

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of companies like yours to continue with our life-changing music programmes. Join our Corporate Giving programme and become one of our Business Partners. You can donate annually, or give one-off donations. We also offer opportunities to sponsor whole events. Please contact us at for more information


Will help staff an Area Band for 1 week


Will help 5 children attend Music Camp


Will help provide follow-on instrumental tuition for 3 children

Choose Own Amount

You can also choose your own amount to donate

A Win-Win Situation

While there is great satisfaction in knowing that your company is helping young people realise their potential, we see this as a mutually beneficial relationship. As an acknowledgement of your support, we offer:

  • A certificate and thank you note
  • Acknowledgment on our website and social media accounts
  • Electronic badge for your website to show your ongoing support for our work
  • Tickets to our events
  • A special musical performance by one of our NMH ensembles at your venue (for our higher-level partners)
  • Team building events, such as learning to play an instrument in one afternoon (for our higher-level partners)
  • 76%

    of primary schools in Nottingham have a whole class instrumental teaching programme run or supported by Nottingham Music Service against a national average of 62%

  • 8,317

    Pupils are learning to play an instrument in Nottingham in 2018-19

  • 32%

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

Nottingham Music Hub