Happy Birthday to The Brit Trust!

THE BRIT TRUST CELEBRATES ITS 30TH BIRTHDAY AND ANNOUNCES THAT IT HAS NOW GIVEN OUT WELL OVER £25 MILLION TO WORTHY CAUSES, INCLUDING NORDOFF ROBBINS.

The Brit Trust – the official charity of the BRIT Awards and of the BPI and wider recorded music industry is celebrating its 30th birthday with the news that it has now distributed £26.5 million to a range of worthy causes since it was first set up in 1989. At Nordoff Robbins we are hugely grateful to have been the main recipient of this support over the past three decades, alongside the BRIT School in Croydon, where we have our Andrew Lloyd Webber Music Therapy Centre.

The Trust’s long-time mission has been to promote education and wellbeing through music, and over three decades it has provided thousands of young people of all backgrounds with extensive opportunities in the music and creative industries.

The BRIT Trust receives its income from The BRIT Awards, and The Classic BRITs, both of which are charity shows, as well as the annual fundraising dinner the MITs (Music Industry Trusts Award), which started in 1991.

Our CEO Julie Whelan said of the support we’ve received from the BRIT Trust:

“The BRIT Trust has been one of our longest standing supporters. Their generous funding over the years has allowed us to use the power of music therapy to enhance the lives of thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation. In the last four years alone we’ve been able to double the number of people we’re supporting to over 10,000 – we couldn’t have done this without the amazing support of The BRIT Trust.”

Chairman of The BRIT Trust, John Craig OBE, added:

At the Trust we recognise how important it is to provide opportunities for young people to express their creativity, often through music. More than ever, in today’s society, it is critical to give students life skills that convert into jobs. Over the last four years, 99% of students leaving the School have either gone into higher education or jobs within the creative economy which is growing faster than any other sector.

Over £25 million is an extraordinary figure made possible by all the artists who have appeared at the BRIT Awards over the years, the acts who performed at Knebworth 29 years ago and all who have performed at the MITS dinners.  This sum has only been made possible through their generosity of spirit and the Trust works hard, and will continue to do so, to ensure that as many young people as possible can benefit at a time when the social, cultural and economic importance of the arts in this country are under threat.

Happy birthday to The Brit Trust, and thank you for enabling us to reach even more vulnerable and isolated people with the power of music therapy!