In 2021 we celebrate the centenary of Help Musicians and, whilst the situation for musicians is certainly nothing to celebrate, the current pandemic has brought into sharp focus the continuing relevance of this charity’s work. We have never been more energised by our mission: creating a world where musicians thrive.
In 2020 we demonstrated the value of the charity’s role within the music ecosystem, not only by reaching over 24,000 musicians with over £15m of hardship funding, but also by ramping up other core aspects of our charitable programme to offer thousands of musicians mental health support, creative funding, business skills mentoring, healthcare, welfare services and much more. Understanding the needs of those we support is crucial in order to deliver the most effective array of assistance. Our team interact with musicians on a daily basis and we carry our regular research to gather insight and build empathy.
This work continues as we look forward with ambition to our next 100 years. Working through an ever-growing array of partnerships, we have the opportunity to drive positive change for musicians (driven by our insight & research) and to provide a lifetime of support when it’s needed most to an ever-growing number of professional musicians of all ages and genres.
To do so, we must work harder to engage with musicians and music-lovers alike; telling the story of the musicians we help, to connect better with those who need our support and those who want to support us. Growth in income is vital if we are to sustain our expanding impact.
We have a motivated staff team overseen by a collegiate Board and encouraged by our inspirational President Dame Evelyn Glennie. This team is united by a love of music, from which flows our desire to provide the essential and enduring support and opportunity that can transform musicians’ lives. We welcome anyone, of any background, who has the talent and motivation to contribute to this mission.
Graham Sheffield CBE (Chair), James Ainscough (Chief Executive), and John Axon (Trustee)