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.



We are now accepting application forms for our next Trustees meeting.

Please note, the deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 31st January 2018 and we now have two separate forms - one for individual applicants and one for school applicants.

Please contact the office at the following address if you have any questions: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Where are they now?

Upon reviewing applications for our March 2017 meeting, it was lovely to see that Isabel Pinto-Basto, who was awarded £350 towards a new saxophone back in 2009, is now a music teacher and applied for funding for instruments to use in her classroom.

She has sent us the update below letting us know what she has been up to since receiving her award:

‘When I received the money for my baritone saxophone I was able to join big bands and ensembles where baritone saxophone was needed. I performed on the baritone during my final recital. After graduating I moved to Lisbon, Portugal with my saxophones and played in some local big bands with my baritone, although I struggled with transporting it on the cobbled streets! When I moved back to London I began working in schools and now I use my baritone during music workshops for young people in challenging circumstances.’

We love to hear what our applicants are up to, so please do email any updates to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Isabel during her final recital at Leeds College of Music

Isabel’s saxophone in action during music enrichment at the school where she currently teaches

JBL Professional announce major UK singer-songwriter competition

Are you an unsigned singer/songwriter over the age of 18? If so, check out JBL EON ONE Take UK, a new competition with fantastic prizes to be won!

Click the link below for more information.


Wigston Academies Trust’s long-awaited production of Annie

Wigston Academies Trust’s long-awaited production of Annie took place on March 1st-4th. 

We were absolutely delighted with the sell-out performances; over 60 students from across the Trust really came together to produce a show of memorably high quality: cast, crew and band.  I am confident that we provided our students with a sense of achievement and success that will remain with them for life.

We know that this kind of production would be impossible to put on without the continued assistance of parents and carers who provide costumes, lifts to and from rehearsals and much more.  We are very grateful for their support for this and all our ventures. I am confident that we are the only MAT in this region that could stage a show with such a high standard of production and performance. Well done to everyone involved!

Article by Mr Piper, Head of Music at Wigston Academy




World Autism Awareness Day - Charity Release of Prior’s Court “Let Me Shine”

The Prior’s Court Foundation is a charity managing a specialist residential school, young adult provision and a training and development centre, supporting young people aged 5-25 who are severely affected by autism.

In support of World Autism Awareness Day Prior’s Court and electronic four piece Low Island have released “Let Me Shine”, a single featuring young people from Prior’s Court, to help challenge the current perception of autism.

The young people at Prior’s Court face immense challenges as a result of their autism and this song and video are a testament to their achievements.

Universal Music – who generously support the EMI Music Sound Foundation - advised the school on the set up of the release while support and distribution was kindly donated by the philanthropic team at Spinnup, a digital distribution platform for unsigned artists. The school have had an amazing response to the song and reached nearly 2.7 million impressions in just 24 hours, with an overwhelming number of comments on Facebook about how inspirational and moving the video and single are.

Click the link below to view the single on Prior’s Court website and the song is available to buy or stream from iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, Google Play, Napster and Tidal.


All proceeds from the sale of the song will go to support the young people at Prior’s Court.


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