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EMI Music Sound Foundation

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity, established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and to improve young peoples' access to music education in the UK & Ireland.



The EMI Music Sound Foundation marked the passing of its £6 million grant distribution milestone with a musical celebration at the world famous Abbey Road studios on 13th October 2016.

Since it was launched in 1997, EMI Music Sound Foundation has provided more than 6,500 young people and schools with financial rewards, grants and bursaries to help support greater access to music education and instruments for young people across the UK & Ireland. The event attracted an audience of more than 200 guests including politicians, Foundation Trustees and supporters and music industry figures alongside prominent representatives from the Government and education sector.

The event could not have passed without the inclusion of some live music, spectacularly provided on the night by one of the charity’s beneficiaries, classical guitarist and Royal Academy of Music student Alexandra Whittingham alongside an acoustic performance from Decca recording artist Imelda May.


L-R Adam Barker - Chair of EMI Music Sound Foundation and Universal Music UK’s Director of Business Affairs / Alexandra Whittingham (performer & EMI Music Sound Foundation beneficiary) / Imelda May (performer) / Tony Wadsworth CBE – trustee EMI Music Sound Foundation


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