The UK charity Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) and Lewisham Music have raised £22,800 to support young musicians in Lewisham. The funding will allow 30 children to receive tailored musical support, including free weekly instrumental lessons so they can reach their potential. 

The impressive amount was raised as part of The Childhood Trust’s Champions for Children campaign, supporting vulnerable children affected by the coronavirus.

As AYM’s mission states musical talent is everywhere, but opportunity isn’t. Too often, family finances and other obstacles get in the way. Many children from low income families simply can’t afford private music tuition. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem, by stretching many families’ finances to the limit.
This new funding will help many young musicians in their musical journeys.

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Watch: Young musicians supported by AYM came together online to meet AYM alumni patron and BBC Young Jazz Musician winner Deschanel Gordon.