Support CMF

Please support our work.

The City Music Foundation equips exceptional musicians with fundamental skills to develop successful careers in music.

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)


Founders Circle

A letter from the founding chairman.

Dear Friends,

Since it was founded in 2012 the City Music Foundation has been consolidating its position as a pioneer of in-work training for professional musicians in the early stages of their careers.

CMF has been the first musical organisation to conceive and offer a package of professional development workshops in ‘the business of music’. It has also been innovative in developing a scheme for one-to-one business mentoring using senior business people from the financial services sector in the City as personal mentors for CMF Artists. Alongside this CMF supports the artists through recording and filming processes, website design and pitching for and curating their own performances and shows, so that artists experience what amounts to a music industry apprenticeship while on the CMF programme. This has already translated into secure income and increased high quality professional work for CMF soloists and ensembles – the taking off of a real career.

As CMF’s reputation grows the number of outstanding applicants each year has increased too. In order to continue to offer this level of support, and to be able to consider expanding the number of people whom we can help in this way, CMF needs your support.

Please help by joining the Founder’s Circle, through which you can share the City Music Foundation’s mission of turning talent into success. Details can be found here.

Thank you.


Sir Roger Gifford, Founding Chairman.

City Music Foundation


All benefits are extended to the primary member and one guest.
  • Annual Founder’s Reception with entertainment by CMF Artists.
  • Four complimentary tickets for all recitals in the CMF Concert Series.
  • Two copies of all CDs made by CMF for artists on the programme – one for you, one for a friend.
  • Your name listed with Founder’s Circle members on the CMF website and all programmes and publicity material.
  • Monthly Newsletter.
  • Priority mailing regarding major events, with priority booking
  • Possibility of hiring CMF musicians to play at your events, via our artist manager

Joining the Founder’s Circle

Membership costs £1000 (for the primary member and one guest) of which £300 covers the costs of benefits and £700 is the suggested minimum donation which can be subject to gift-aid.

If you would like to join the Founder’s Circle please contact the managing director Dr Clare Taylor

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