Leading music publisher Hal Leonard Europe (HLE) has announced that it is expanding its support for Youth Music, the UK’s leading music charity, through a special campaign via its Musicroom webstore and high street stores. HLE will donate 1% of sales in June of selected instruments and accessories from Musicroom’s range to Youth Music with the #Buytogive campaign.
The lockdown period has seen a surge of interest in learning to play instruments – in particular piano, guitar and ukulele – as people forced to stay at home have had time to start or rekindle their interest in playing music. However, the crisis has hit grassroots music organisations like those funded by Youth Music particularly hard, and so support for their vital work is needed more than ever at this time.
“Lockdown has taken a toll on the income and opportunities of the projects we fund, and it has exacerbated difficulties for young people already facing challenges. However, music has proved to be a powerful way of improving wellbeing and keeping people connected during this crisis – it’s fantastic that music enthusiasts’ purchases through #Buytogive will help support young people to keep making music too.”Matt Griffiths, CEO, Youth Music
“At Hal Leonard Europe we are very proud to be the headline partner for the Youth Music Awards and delighted to grow our support for Youth Music via the #Buytogive campaign. The provision of music programmes which invest in young people has been thrown into turmoil by COVID-19 restrictions and funding is urgently needed to help these projects continue their vital work.”Tom Farncombe, Strategic Partnerships Director, Hal Leonard Europe
About Youth Music
Youth Music’s vision is that one day, all children and young people will be able to have musical lives. We’re a national charity investing in music-making projects which support children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. We work particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through. Every year, Youth Music funds more than 300 projects nationwide, supporting around 83,000 children and young people to make music, develop their skills, and progress on their chosen paths.
We campaign alongside young people to advocate for those who are missing out, to invest where it’s needed most, and to drive change in the music industries and education. Youth Music is funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and support from donors, partners and fundraisers.