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'I believe it’s a child’s birth-right to have access to music of all genres. Music enriches our lives and communities and can lead to a life-long fulfilment.


Your determination that every young person in Herefordshire should be able to experience music tuition and develop their talents, whatever their financial or social background, is one I completely share.’

Julian Lloyd-Webber


Principal, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Patron: The Music Pool

For All Generations


Chances are you don’t need convincing of the power of music to enrich our lives and communities. Perhaps you play in a band, sing in a choir or simply enjoy listening to music. For many of us, experiencing music at school sparked our musical interest and skills learnt in childhood became the means to life-long fulfilment.


Sadly, financial resources available to support music education in Herefordshire have been drastically reduced since 2010. There are many reasons for this, ranging from pressures on education budgets to targets which discourage schools from investing in the creative arts.


National government and local councils no longer pay for music lessons. The days of free instrument/vocal tuition have long gone. It’s particularly disquieting to think that some experiencing the loss of musical opportunities in their lives may not even be aware of it.


In the long term there is a real risk that our public and private gatherings will become increasingly quiet. No band in the park. Recorded music replacing live. Music festivals without local talent. Choirs without young people. We want to change that.

Herefordshire Music Fund - Registered Charity Number 1186174

The Herefordshire Music Fund is a charitable trust run by local people. What drives us is the belief that every child and young person should be able to access musical opportunities and develop their talents whatever their financial or social background.


What we want to do?


  • For children and young people from low-income families, we want to provide financial assistance to fund instrumental and vocal tuition. We’ll support complete beginners through to the most experienced and across a range of styles including classical, folk, rock and jazz.


  • We want to nurture the talent of young musicians across all genres. So, we’ll help those who struggle financially with the cost of taking part in activities including workshops, courses, residentials, events and masterclasses / sessions with renowned musicians. 

Could You Help Fundraise?


Could you organise or assist with a fundraising event? Maybe you have links with a business that would like to get involved? Perhaps you know a well-known musician or media personality associated with the county who could support the Fund? If so, please contact us:

Could You Give Regularly?

Our ambition is to support 40 young people each and every year. 200 people giving £5 per month will enable us to achieve this.


Please consider becoming a Friend or Champion of Herefordshire Music Fund. HMF Friends are generous people who give regularly from £5 a month to the Fund. The monthly amount you choose to give is completely up to you. Every donation goes towards helping young musicians develop their talent and overcome the financial and social barriers they face.

Could You Be A HMF Champion?

An HMF Champion is someone who goes above and beyond in their support, with an annual donation of £300 (£25 per month) or more. We know that Herefordshire is bursting with musical talent and we want to support as much as possible of this incredible potential. If you have the means, please consider becoming an HMF Champion.


HMF Friends and Champions have the option of being acknowledged on the Herefordshire Music Fund website and in Encore Youth Music concert programmes. HMF Champions will also receive two free tickets to 6 Encore Youth Music concerts and may choose to have a bursary named after them or their business.

If you would prefer your donations to be anonymous, please let us know via the email address below.

For further details or enquiries, please contact us:


Telephone Number: 01432 853219      Email: