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.


Bursary news at National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)

The Foundation are pleased to announce they have granted a 3 year bursary to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) starting this October.

NYJO is Britain’s longest-running organisation for young people up to 25 playing big-band jazz. Formed 50 years ago to fill a gap in jazz education, its mission is to encourage exceptional musicians, to excite audiences and engage with young people of all backgrounds around the country. It offers unique opportunities for its members to perform nationally and internationally and to promote jazz to the widest possible audience while they themselves are at the beginning of their musical careers.

NYJO will be the 11th recipient of Foundation bursaries and joins the following:

• Centre for Young Musicians, London
• English National Opera’s Evolve programme
• International World Music Centre, Limerick
• Royal Conservatoire Scotland
• Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
• Royal Academy of Music, London
• Birmingham Conservatoire
• Brighton Institute of Modern Music
• BIMM London
• National Children’s Orchestra

Nigel Tully, Executive Chair of NYJO said:
“This is very good news for NYJO, and recognition of the vital role the orchestra plays in nurturing emerging UK jazz talent. Both NYJO and EMI Music Sound Foundation are passionate about improving young people’s access to music education, and this important new partnership reflects our shared goals.”


The EMI Music Sound Foundation is once again delighted to announce a snapshot of the latest recipients we have helped.

At our last Trustees’ meeting on Wednesday 16th March 2016, we were able to award over £168,000 towards musical instruments and equipment for more than 310 new beneficiaries, both schools and individuals.

EMI MSF has now awarded £6 million towards music education. This year we have helped to fund instruments/equipment across all of the different families, the most popular of which were percussion instruments and keyboards.

If you think we could help you and you would like to apply for funding at our next Trustees Meeting in October 2016, please download and complete the application form on the homepage.

The deadline for the next round of applications is Tuesday 30th August 2016.


Sir George Martin


The Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of Sir George Martin, one of our founding patrons and a staunch supporter of music education.

A personal update by Micah Parsons - an EMI Music Sound Foundation award beneficiary


“I have been a past beneficiary of the EMI Music Sound Foundation which has helped me immensely in my musical career.
I recently graduated with a First-Class Degree in Music with my primary instrument being the Euphonium.
I would particularly like to share with you an exciting new project which I am so proud of. 
I recently had a new piece commissioned entitled ‘In Gardens of Peace’ written by the Musical Director of The Cory Band, currently ranked the number one band in the world.
This piece of music has its origins in my trip in August 2014 to the old Somme Battlefield to visit my Great-Grandfather Henry Nichols who was killed on 11th March 1917. 
Henry was featured in the Coventry newspaper in April 1917 as ‘Being a good soldier’.
I have researched everything about Henry’s life and I felt it appropriate to commission a piece of music.
Henry Nichols was also a brass player playing the cornet in The Coventry City Salvation Army Band between 1905 to 1909.  My family has been heavily involved in the Salvation Army Band for generations, with my grandfather, my father and myself all having performed with them.
We have put an individual story behind this piece of music in the hope that our listeners will be able to derive their own personal meaning from the music.
Steven Mead, Professor of Euphonium at the Royal Northern College of Music, and BBC historian, Paul Reed have been involved with the project.
Articles are also currently being run by The Western Front Association and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

‘In Gardens of Peace’ premiered on 18th December 2015 with The City of Coventry Brass and you can hear a short recording here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW4JkYoiGM4”

You can find out more about Micah’s music projects at https://www.facebook.com/MicahParsonsMusic/

photo credit: Hans Weichselbaumer


Tuesday 15th December was the opportunity for Harrop Fold School Music Department to hold it’s annual Christmas Concert and Community Fair. This year promised to be bigger and better with a ‘Big Band Extravaganza’ theme. Over 300 people attended the fair and concert and were treated to solo singers, piano players, the school brass band, choir and much much more! The traditional audience participation of ’12 Days of Christmas’ went down better than ever and was a fantastic experience for staff, students and our community. A huge thank you to EMI who continue to support our school annually, without this funding our students would not be developing into the fantastic musicians that you have seen at this event! Thank you to all who supported our annual concert and have a fantastic 2016!

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