About Music4Children

Music4Children was formed in 2005 by a small group of musicians, and was originally called the Nepal Balbalika Trust. The motivation for starting the charity was to help children orphaned by the civil war in Nepal. Since then we’ve also started to engage children and young people local to our south London base, and in 2011 our name was changed to reflect this development.

For details of our current projects, please visit these links:

Shelter in Dhulikhel, Nepal

Free creative workshops for children and young people in Streatham, south London


Mission statement

Music4Children is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world through various projects that break the negative cycles of homelessness, poverty, crime and abuse.

Our centres are community-run, ethically managed and as self-sustainable as possible, making use of renewable energy and locally-sourced materials wherever practical. We also aim to teach skills that will help to improve the quality of life for future generations.

We use music to fundraise, educate and heal, and build international networks of talented musicians who support our goals and principles. Our regular events aim to generate a sense of community and good-will, and to create an extended international family for the children involved in our programmes.


Why is Music4Children special?

  • 100% of public donated funds go directly to support our projects – the charity is currently run by volunteers and we find other ways of covering our administrative costs.
  • Our fundraising is extreme – we go to great heights and lengths to raise money for our cause. In the past we’ve set the record for the world’s highest gig (twice) and the world’s longest gig in order to raise funds.
  • It’s all about the music – and creativity we believe that creative education should be available to everyone, and aim to use music to fundraise, educate and heal, and have built international networks of talented and respected musicians and Creatives who support our goals and principles.
  • We act as a core structure to help other small organisations, community interest companies, social enterprises and projects get their campaigns off the ground.


Music4Children is a registered charity

Music4Children is currently run by a group of dedicated volunteers and one very part time administrator.

– These work tirelessly to help and support the charity – fundraising, giving time and effort, expertise, contributions, and playing masses of great music. Further, many volunteers give time and effort to organising and running community activities under the Music4Children umbrella.

– The Management team; working together to coordinate all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the charity:

  • Strategic Planning; future direction, etc.;
  • Liaison with Associate/Umbrella Organisations (GrooveSchool, etc.) ;
  • PR, Awareness, Marketing (web development, marketing materials, advertising, press, etc.);
  • Grant applications;
  • Finance Management;
  • Safeguarding and wellbeing

– The Board of Trustees: Ensuring that the Charity:

  • Meets its obligations to the Charities Commission;
  • Is properly financially audited and that compliance regulations are followed;
  • Is given sound direction from the Trustees for current and future planning.

You can see our most recent financial history here (search for Music4Children or 1108364).

Music4Children is totally inclusive – so: participants in our activities; volunteers; management team; and trustees are all actively encouraged to contribute to the activities and strategic direction of the work.

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