Alice’s Wonderbands is a tribute to Alice Gross’s memory.  The youth stage is extremely popular and we are delighted to support and showcase young emerging talent at St Mark’s School.  Alice was a talented musician, singer and songwriter and Alice’s Youth Music Memorial Fund was set up by her family to support the work of the National Foundation for Youth Music.  They are keen to establish a lasting legacy to create music-making opportunities for young people who might otherwise miss out and to help them achieve their full potential.

Youth Music is a national charity supporting music-making projects for children and young people facing challenging circumstances.  These challenges include disability, poverty, mental health issues, refugee status or being brought up in care.  Projects take place where they’re needed most, often in areas of great deprivation.  As well as helping young people develop musically, Youth Music projects also improves their personal and social skills, boosting educational and career prospects.

Youth Music believes everyone should have the chance to make music and invests directly in 350 projects across the country every year, giving around 75,000 children and young people the opportunity to make music regularly in their local community.  Activities include singing, instrument tuition, songrwriting, music production and performance.  Many participants go onto mentor other children or to train as music leaders themselves.

We hope that the stage, and donations to Alice’s fund, will spread the joy that Alice found in music to other young people.

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is Britain’s leading independent music charity. We want a world where music thrives, and since 1921 we have supported and empowered musicians at all stages of their lives, at times of opportunity and crisis. In 2017 we helped over 14,000 music professionals (double the number in 2016) through the following channels:

  • Grants for health and welfare
  • Creative grants to develop careers
  • Advice and support

The launch of our mental health support line, Music Minds Matter, in December 2017 made national headlines and continues to be an incredibly valuable service. It can be accessed by anyone working in the UK music industry – artists and industry.

Music Minds Matter offers emotional support, advice and information, signposting to other specialist services as well as additional support such as counselling and advice on benefits, debt and legal issues.