About City Music Foundation

Turning talent into success.

Our mission is to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, experience and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding and profitable careers.

Through an annual competitive audition process we select classical soloists and chamber ensembles, as well as jazz, folk and world musicians. These ‘CMF Artists’ then engage in an innovative two-year programme which includes artistic and business mentoring as well as professional development workshops. These cover a range of topics such as managing finances, tax and pensions, legal input on copyright and contracts, plus presentation and interview skills, promotion and publicity strategies and much more.

CMF’s key position in the City means that we can use our experience, knowledge and connections within the music industry, City institutions and the corporate world to provide unique and unrivalled support and education for our musicians.

In addition we work with the CMF Artists to develop promotional tools, such as websites, photos, recordings and videos, and the Artist Manager arranges live performance opportunities. Finally the musicians are fully supported by CMF in devising, organising, funding and promoting a bespoke musical project to help them develop a unique niche and selling point.

We believe that by investing in these talented musicians early in their professional careers we can not only secure their employment, but help to ensure the future of quality music in the UK and beyond.

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Sir Roger Gifford

Roger is Head of SEB London and is a former Lord Mayor of the City of London (2012-13)

Born in St Andrews, Scotland and educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Oxford, Roger began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co in the 1970s, joining the Nordic bank SEB in 1982.

Prior to his appointment as Head of SEB London, Roger worked in the capital markets in London and headed the bank’s operations in Japan for six years. He has been Chairman and is now Vice Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks. His business interests lie in raising finance for companies in the global capital markets.

In 2004, Roger was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in the City of London. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, as well as the International Bankers and the Cordwainers livery companies. He became the 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2012.

Roger is a Trustee of several charities as well as a patron for MyBnk. He is Chairman of the English Chamber Orchestra charity and Tenebrae Choir and is a trustee of the City Music Foundation, St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation and the Barbican Centre Trust. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to international business, culture and the City.


Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Nicholas became Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in October 2007.

He was a music critic for The New Yorker, The Times and Observer, and editor of Early Music 1983-92. He was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3 in 1992, was responsible for the award-winning seasons Fairest Isle and Sounding the Century. He oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium and then ran the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments. He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007. He has continued to write and lecture on the arts, publishing books on Bach, Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music. He is a member of Arts Council England, a board member of English National Opera and Sage Gateshead, and a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours. He is married with four children and lives in London.


Sir Andrew Parmley

Andrew is Principal of the Harrodian School and a former Lord Mayor of the City London (2016-17)

He has been an elected Member of Common Council since 1992 and was elected Alderman of Vintry Ward in 2001 upon the retirement of Sir John Chalstrey. He has served on most of the Corporation’s committees and has been Chairman of both the City of London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He is Principal at the Harrodian School in West London, Organist of Wren’s “lantern”, St James Garlickhythe, and a specialist in 17th-century French music.

He is a member of eight Livery Companies and was Master Musician in 2011-2012. He also supports several charities and is Chairman of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity.

Andrew was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Music, Education and Civic Engagement.


Advisory Board

Guy Harvey, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Wim Hautekiet, Managing Director, JP Morgan

Alastair King, Chairman, Naisbitt King Asset Management

Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra

Lizzie Ridding, Steering Committee Member, LoveMusicPass

Ian Ritchie, Artistic Director and Music Curator, Setubal Music Festival

Seb Scotney, Editor, London Jazz News

Philip Spencer, Development Consultant

Adrian Waddingham CBE, Partner, Barnett Waddingham

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