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Links to Music Organisations across the UK

The Arts Councils of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: supporting and promoting music and the arts.

Arts Council England 

Scottish Arts Council

Arts Council of Wales

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Federation of Music Services (FMS)
The FMS represents the 150 local education authority music services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. FMS member services provide instrumental and vocal tuition for more than 750,000 children, young people and adults each week. Find out more by visiting their website

Live Music Now
Live Music Now gives young musicians paid performance work and support at the start of their careers. It also brings live music to a wide variety of settings: schools for children with special needs, centres for adults with physical and learning disabilities, homes for older people, young offenders institutions, prisons, hospitals and hospices. Find out more on their website.

Making Music
Representing and supporting amateur and semi-professional music groups across the UK, with over 2,350 member societies. Find a music group in your area on the Making Music website.

MEC (The Music Education Council)
An umbrella body for organisations connected with music education in the UK. Visit their website for links to members.

MIA (Music Industries Association)
The trade association for the UK musical instrument industry. All MIA shops subscribe to a code of conduct and standards. Search for your nearest MIA shop and for music teachers on the MIA website.

Music Manifesto
Set up by DfES and DCMS in collaboration with music organisations, the music industry and other partners. Music Manifesto aims to provide opportunities for young people to broaden their musical interests and skills. Visit the Music Manifesto website for the latest news on music learning.

Music For Youth
An educational charity. Music for Youth provides free access to educational and performance opportunities for groups of young musicians and audiences through a series of festivals and concerts. Visit the website for information on getting involved with Music for Youth events.

The Prince of Wales Arts and Kids Foundation
Funds and supports arts venues across the UK, making performances and exhibitions accessible to disadvantaged children. Find out more from their website.

Take it Away
'Take it Away' is an Arts Council England initiative designed to help people get involved in learning and playing music. The scheme allows anyone to apply for an interest free loan of up to £2,000 to purchase a musical instrument from participating retailers. The scheme launches in 2007 – to find out more visit the website

Youth Music
Youth Music supports music making and training, delivered by non-profit organisations and mainly outside of school hours. Find out about opportunities and events in your area on their website.

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