TheMusic Relief Foundation (MRF) was founded in 2011 by Magdalene Adenaike. The charity was inspired by Magdalene’s first-hand experience of the hardships, isolation and challenges faced as a teenage parent.
The charity started with an initial target audience of teenage mums, bringing them together to share their experiences. It became a place where young mothers could find refuge, receive counselling and make friends. Furthermore, MRF provided a platform to channel their creativity and help build their confidence. The scope of the charity widened and this led to reaching more young people. Responding to the challenges young people face today, through its various campaigns the charity has addressed issues such as knife crime, mental health, safeguarding, sexual exploitation and trafficking.
To empower and develop the potential of young people and their families using the medium of music. Through music, we aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals through increased resilience, confidence and hope.
To provide a range of opportunities to young people through music, partnering with different bodies to secure funding.
1. Opening up opportunities to unleash creative spirits.
2. Providing a nurturing environment.
3. Offering a platform for youth voices to be heard.
The MRF Music School is specifically targeted at young people and families from grassroots communities. Our sessions are up to an hour a day for ten weeks per term. Tuition can start when children are as young as six years to adulthood (any age). We cater to both home-schooled children and children in schools or pupil referral units (PRU). Whether you are a beginner or otherwise, our doors are open to you. Our prices are reasonable and accessible.
As a community charity, we understand the need to provide holistic support for young people and their families. This is why we are constantly striving to provide this, especially via our community music school, which is for children, young people and adults. Check out our upcoming events:
⬤ Pre-register for our Enriching Lives Holiday Club and put your child’s name on our waiting list
⬤ An Evening With is a series of quarterly events with dynamic guests to inspire, entertain, perform and provide an opportunity to network. With guests such as Fiona Ross, Big Mama Aydenne Simone, Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Fraser and Dele Sosimi, among others
⬤ MRF Winter Ball Awards Ceremony
⬤ Afterschool club maths and English support – Register your interest
⬤ ESOL classes – Register here
We have worked with several schools, first in Islington and now more frequently in Croydon. Our school’s services are split into three strands:
⬤ More Than Able — a youth leadership programme;
⬤ Fencing — an after school club activity in primary schools;
⬤ My Life, My Purpose — a mentoring programme.
JOSH, MRF AMBASSADOR
We could not have anticipated the growth and success that our Music School has had, and now we have outgrown our space. We are doing all we can; however, we are struggling to fit in new classes to accommodate beginners and have a growing waiting list. The space is just too small, with one activity room to run over 20 courses. Therefore, we are on a mission to move into Lord Napier, a former legendary jazz venue, and transform it into a music-community hub to serve our wider community.
No matter how big or small the amount, all donations are welcome. Your contribution will go towards the growth of the Music School and the projects we are currently working on.
We’re always looking for keen and reliable volunteers to support our various work areas. In return, you will be able to develop your skills, meet new people and work as a part of a team.
We can accommodate students for work experience and have previously welcomed students from Croydon College, Newham College, Greenwich University and Impact Futures.
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