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The City Music Foundation equips exceptional musicians at the start of their professional careers with the additional skills they need to establish themselves in an international arena.

We don’t give out cash grants; we give support, advice and performance opportunities to musicians in the early stages of their career because we believe this expert guidance is paramount and the benefits multiplied. We work directly with the musicians to create a structured and bespoke programme of activities suited to their particular goals; anything from recording a CD or putting on a concert to creating a marketing plan or website. All of our musicians participate in our core professional development workshops and are assigned artistic and business mentors. The City Music Foundation was established with seed funds from the 2013 Lord Mayor’s Appeal but we now need support to continue this life changing experience for outstanding musicians.

To find out more about the many ways you can make a genuine difference and enhance the career prospects of talented musicians please contact Dr Clare Taylor, Managing Director 0330 313 0890 /

We support professional musicians to help them build sustainable careers.


Why Support CMF

We care about music. It is part of human language, history and culture. It allows human communication across all other barriers. It brings incredible benefits to individuals, improving brain function, co-ordination, lateral thinking, social skills, sense of self-worth, discipline, concentration. It is beautiful and live classical music could be lost in this digital, materialistic world.

The CMF artist programme is an apprenticeship. We are the only musical institution offering one to one business mentoring and a range of life skills workshops tailored for musicians, delivered over a 2 year period alongside multiple performance opportunities and development of personalised promotional tools. We provide day to day support and advice for soloists and small groups who no longer have the safety net of being at a conservatoire. This allows time, learning and experience to help them to be able to earn a living from live performance. We link our musicians to an extensive network of professionals in all parts of the music industry.

We believe in excellence. Our musicians are among the most talented of their generation, with many medals and prizes already. We must support them to be able to continue, by equipping them with the additional skills they need to secure their future as musicians, and the future of the highest quality live music in the UK and beyond.

"The conservatoire taught me to make music - CMF is teaching me to make a living." - Andrey Lebedev, Guitar (CMF Artist 2015)


Our Supporters

City Music Foundation is 'the City's music charity', which was set up in 2012 with the mission 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. Each year (the first being 2013) we select between six and ten artists, both soloists and ensembles, with exceptional talent and accomplishment who are on the cusp of an international career. Withour guidance and support CMF Artists undertake a tailored, two-year music industry apprenticeship which encompasses - the CMF Artist Programme. Our thanks go to the following Companies, Trusts, Foundations and other Charities for their past and continuing support.



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