Announcing the cancellation of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2021

Our largest annual fundraising event is one of the highlights of the music industry calendar and raises vital funds to support vulnerable and isolated people through music therapy.

For the second year, the decision has been taken to postpone the 45th O2 Silver Clef Awards, due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

The event had been due to be staged on 2nd July 2021. Instead, the O2 Silver Clef Awards Committee, chaired by celebrated agent Emma Banks, will move the focus on to next year’s event, on Friday 1st July 2022, at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London.

The awards are usually one of the highlights of the music industry calendar, bringing together the finest from across the industry with celebrity supporters and influencers to celebrate the power of music. It is the biggest annual fundraiser for our charity and the most recent event in 2019, raised a record-breaking £1m to support our work with vulnerable and isolated children and adults. Past Silver Clef Award recipients include Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Dame Shirley Bassey and The Rolling Stones.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our fundraising income has been decimated

Nordoff Robbins is the largest music therapy charity in the UK. Like many other charities, we continue to be severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. As well as the O2 Silver Clef Awards, many of our other fundraising events and activities have had to be cancelled or postponed again this year – meaning we are still expecting a shortfall of 50% of our fundraising income in 2021.

Nordoff Robbins receives no Government funding and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters

Now more than ever, music therapy is a lifeline for the vulnerable people our charity supports. We are committed to our mission and, thanks to our supporters, we have been able to continue to deliver music therapy where possible throughout 2020 and 2021, whilst also exploring our online reach.

Thank you to our supporters – whether it be through a corporate donation, taking part in a challenge event, or sharing the word of our work on socials, every moment of support has helped us. For this we are very grateful, as it means that many people have been able to benefit from music therapy during these challenging times.

Our History

Right from the early days of the charity, the music industry and Nordoff Robbins music therapy have built a strong and lasting relationship. We have been able to evolve our music therapy practice to work with adults as well as children, to extend our services to reach more people around the country, and to develop an internationally renowned Master of Music Therapy training programme. None of this would have been possible without the support and commitment from the music industry.

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