Leeds College of Music launches instrument donation appeal to support young musicians

Leeds College of Music has today launched its first ever instrument donation appeal in a bid to support young musicians across West Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 6:00 am
Through The Instrumental Change, LCoM is calling upon the public for donations of unused and unwanted instruments that are in good working order.

Through The Instrumental Change, LCoM is calling upon the public for donations of unused and unwanted instruments that are in good working order, which could be put to use by musicians at Junior LCoM and other youth music organisations across the region.

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Joe Wilson, vice principal & director of curriculum at LCoM said: “We believe that all young musicians should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, regardless of their financial background.

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"However, with an increasing lack of funding for music education in schools, alongside the cost of instruments, this often isn’t possible for many young people. This is why we have launched The Instrumental Change - we want to give as many opportunities as possible to our region’s next generation of musical talent.

"We are calling on anyone who has an unused or unwanted instrument in good working order to donate to this fantastic cause, and help a young musician thrive.”

The Instrumental Change will culminate with a donation day at LCoM on Saturday, January 25, where individual donors will be able to drop off their donations at Leeds College of Music.

Former Junior LCoM student Mila studied at Junior LCoM for nine years and is now enrolled on BA Popular Music at the college.

She said: “My experience of Junior LCoM was so amazing that I didn’t want to leave - the sense of community, support and artistic freedom was what made me want to continue on to Higher Education at LCoM. As a previous recipient of an instrument donation myself, I cannot stress enough just how helpful this is to students. Your donations will be treated with love and be a major asset to young students’ learning and to their passion for music!”

Organisations around West Yorkshire who are set to benefit from the campaign will include Junior LCoM’s Saturday Music School, ArtForms Leeds, and Made with MusicToday's campaign launch coincides with Giving Tuesday - a global day of giving when everyone, everywhere can do something to support good causes.

For further information or to pledge a donation, please contact Dafydd Williams, Campaign Lead for The Instrumental Change via email at: [email protected]