Don't Stop the Music

by Merton Music Foundation in Morden, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 20th July 2020 we successfully raised £5,536 ( + est. £760.50 Gift Aid ) with 111 supporters in 28 days

To help pay for instrumental lessons for children whose families have been affected by COVID-19

by Merton Music Foundation in Morden, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Thanks to your wonderful support, we are delighted to have surpassed our stretch target! The Bursary Panel is in the process of arranging interviews with applicants for the COVID Emergency Fund and the great news is that because we have over funded, we are still able to accept more applications via our website. 

The CrowdFunder remains open until 5:05pm on Monday 20th July and every additional pound donated will help us to support more local young people. 

Thanks to your support, we WON'T stop the music! 

Team MMF xx


Merton Music Foundation (MMF) is raising money to help provide instrumental lesson bursaries to families that have been affected by COVID-19.

Donations will be match-funded by the Greenwood Bursary Fund a private donor to a total value of £4,500. Which means if you donate £20, we will receive £40 and if we hit our £4,500 stretch target - we will have £9,000 to spend on local young people! 

Donate Now 

Your donation will make a difference.

Donate now to help give the gift of music back to a child who lives or goes to school in Merton. Using the money that it raises, MMF will subsidise a minimum of 75% of the cost of a weekly 20 minute individual instrumental lesson and free Music Centre ensemble membership for at least ten Merton young people for at least 1 year.

Don’t forget, your donation will be doubled by The Greenwood Bursary Fund – so there has never been a better time to give.

We are also collecting donations via text for this campaign. We will update the running total here periodically with the value of the text donations, so that you can keep track of our progress towards our target! 

Why Should I Donate?

COVID-19 has torn apart the routines and learning opportunities of young people all around the world; many families have suffered huge trauma as a result of this pandemic. Learning an instrument provides young people with a sense of purpose, a creative outlet, immeasurable cognitive and emotional benefits and the stability of regular contact with their music tutor. Families have suffered huge financial losses and unfortunately, for many children, continuing their instrumental tuition remotely has not been possible.

The economic impact of COVID-19 on musicians has also been overwhelming. MMF oversees a diverse and talented team of self-employed musicians and educators who deliver instrumental lessons within our schools and wider community. Social Distancing measures have resulted in a profound and long-lasting damage to their livelihoods; from the cancelation of all live performances, postponement of recording sessions and significant fall in the amount of teaching work available. By supporting our ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ campaign, you will be helping provide an invaluable source of income for local musicians and educators.

How Will the Money be Spent?

The money we raise will be used to establish MMF’s COVID-19 Instrumental Lesson Bursary. This  emergency fund will be open to application from young people that show enthusiasm and/or aptitude for music but cannot access instrumental tuition due to the impact of COVID-19. The Bursary will cover a minimum of 75% of the costs of one-to-one 20 minute instrumental lessons and subsidise 100% of the cost of membership of MMF’s Music Centre for ten young people for at least one academic year. Recipients will also benefit from MMF’s Trust Fund reduced rate for instrument hire, should this be required. Lessons will take place online until such time as it is safe to resume face-to-face teaching. 

We know that for some pupils, accessing online learning is a barrier. If we meet young people in need of devices, internet connectivity, practice space or other equipment in order for them to learn music in lockdown – we will allocate funds from this campaign accordingly to support them.

What Happens If You Exceed Your Target?

That would be great! More money would mean that we could increase the level or length of the bursary that we award to individual pupils. If we significantly over fund, we can offer additional bursary places to more pupils – which means more young people learning and more local tutors earning a living.  

What is Merton Music Foundation?

Merton Music Foundation is a small independent charity and lead partner for the Merton Music Education Hub. MMF was established in 1991 to advance musical education for the young people of Merton and the surrounding areas. 

When not in lockdown, we reach around 4000 young people every week through our instrumental lessons; schools programmes; special projects; and youth ensembles. Since we shut the doors of our Morden-based Music Centres in March, we have been busy providing online music lessons and ensembles for hundreds of young people in and around Merton.

How Do I Apply for this Bursary for My Child?

We are accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund now. To apply on behalf of your child, please complete the COVID-19 Bursary Application Form.

Application Criteria - we are a looking for young people (7 - 18 years of age) who:

  • Live or go to school in the London Borough of Merton
  • Demonstrate an enthusiasm and/or aptitude for learning an instrument
  • Have been prevented from participating in instrumental learning by the impact of COVID-19

Apply for the COVID Lesson Bursary for Your Child:

Challenging Times

These are difficult times for us all. Music offers young people a feeling of normality, a creative outlet, and a sense of purpose in these challenging times. Your donation will also support the livelihoods of local musicians and tutors and help us to keep Moving Music Forward.

Show Your support! 

Show us your support – tweet a photo of yourself with your instrument and/or a ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ sign with the hashtag:


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