Help Us Change Lives Through the Power of Music. Support Looked After Children in Birmingham With the Music Cares Project Today

Working closely with Birmingham Virtual School, the umbrella body that oversees education of children in care in Birmingham, our Music Cares Project provides a variety of music-making opportunities for children in the care system across the city.

Together, we aim to provide each child with weekly music sessions, ensemble and performance opportunities and free instrument loans.

Creative music-making helps to knock down barriers that children face, as well as empowering them to transform their own lives, exceed in other subjects and achieve their full potential.

Want to support children in care, in Birmingham? Make a donation to fund life-changing projects today.

why we do what we do

At Services For Education, we know that music has a profound impact on children, because we witness it every day.

We have a vision to reach as many children across Birmingham, sending them on a journey through music, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances; music for all. We want to raise awareness and important funds to be able to reach more people, enabling change across Birmingham, through music.

We hold the Music Cares Project very close to our hearts because we get to see the real benefits it has on looked-after children, first-hand.

Additionally, the project provides a rare opportunity for children in care to engage with adults through a positive activity, which is not linked specifically to their care status.

These types of interactions help children build and develop healthy relationships with other people; an essential skill for when they begin to leave the care system, post 16.

Thank you to the Foster family, donations in memory of Kate Foster

Feel free to get in touch with us using our online contact form.

“In times where arts and the education are feeling great strain, the Music Service’s role has become even more important.”

“Through Services For Education, I was able to have free instrumental tuition, free instrument loans and access to free coached ensembles ranging from their Big Band through to their Symphony Orchestra. They equipped me with all the tuition and tools that I needed throughout my 10 years with them completely free of charge. In times where arts and the education are feeling great strain, the Music Service’s role has become even more important. Music education can be a life changer and a lifesaver; it can level the playing field and provide people with the skills they will need to tackle an increasing challenging and demanding work.”

XHOSA COLE

“I Just wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the opportunities the music service gave to me”

“More than anything this is just a thank you and a testimony to the music service and the staggering work you all do. I’ve just finished my first year of freelancing after graduating from the RCM and have been incredibly lucky to have performed with most of London’s major orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and I’ve also been incredibly lucky to have played Principal Horn with English National Opera and London Chamber Orchestra. The further I progress in my career, the more and more I get back to thinking that I just wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the opportunities that the music service gave to me.”

JACOB BAGBY

Want to support children in care, in Birmingham? Make a donation to fund life-changing projects today.

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about services for education

Services For Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people and adults in communities across the West Midlands.

Formed in 2012, Services For Education delivers educational programmes to support the wider community to become the best people they can be, regardless of their background.

Registered Charity Number: 1148848

Our charity is overseen by a dynamic board of Trustees:

Chair of Trustees: Martin Chitty
Trustees:  Sarah Smith, Selwyn Calvin, Matthew Clements-Wheeler, Laura Williams, Mark Bolton, Paul Davies and Clive Stone

We bring learning and music to life.