The UK charity Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) hopes to raise £60,000 for talented young musicians in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018. The Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which doubles donations made via the Big Give website from 12.00pm Tuesday 27 November until 12.00pm Tuesday 4 December 2018 (or until the match funding runs out).

The money raised will fund 120 of the charity’s Awards, which give talented young people from low-income families the opportunity to reach their musical potential. The Awards will be used to meet each child’s individual needs, such as funding music lessons they might not otherwise be able to afford, purchasing a new instrument, or funding transport to lessons and performances.

Award winners are also invited to participate in AYM’s annual Awards Day, which sees Award winners come together for an inspiring day of music making with the best musicians in the industry. This year’s event takes place on 9 December at Maida Vale Studios, and sees 80 current Award winners rehearse with BBC Symphony Orchestra musicians under the baton of AYM Patron Duncan Ward, and workshop a brand new commission written especially for them by Pete Letanka.

“Every child deserves the chance to make the most of their potential in life,” says Sir Simon Rattle, AYM’s first Patron. “The barriers are high if a family is struggling financially and if life is challenging in other ways too. AYM makes a musical life possible for everyone, no matter where they come from.”

How to Donate: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/supportaym

Learn More: https://youtu.be/SXA_beU--SI

AYM also celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with the release of 20 short films following the stories of young people whose lives have been transformed by access to music education. Prominent contributors include Julian Bliss, Jennifer Pike, Duncan Ward and AYM’s youngest Patron Jess Gillam.

“We spoke to young people ranging from secondary school students to those in their early thirties, all of whom have been financially supported by AYM at one time or another” adds AYM Chairman Philip Jones. “Some pursued a career in music, while others chose an entirely different career path. What they have in common is a life enhanced by access to music education. We wanted to share their stories.”

Watch the films: https://youtu.be/qL0dtfhcnqA

 

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