Our Eli Music hub provides opportunities for children and young people to develop through music.

As a result of Newport City Council reducing their Music Support Service budget in September 2012, many children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds no longer have free access to musical coaching and opportunities.

Eli Music is about:

  • Providing workshops that will develop the musical ability and understanding, as well as support the emotional and social development of children and young people in disadvantaged areas of Newport and the surrounding area.
  • Developing a mentoring/coaching programme to help young musicians reach their full potential, and help those from disadvantaged backgrounds to get access to funding and scholarships to further their musical abilities.
  • Providing opportunities for children and young people to perform and showcase their skills, growing their confidence and enabling positive forms of self-expression.
Our Projects

Music Clubs

We provide lunchtime and after school clubs in four different primary schools across Newport, where the children learn about different styles and genres of music, and have the opportunity to have a go at playing instruments and writing music themselves.


Parent & Toddler Groups

We organise our own Parent & Toddler Music Group which meets at St Martin’s Church in the Gaer, as well as regularly visiting four other groups across Newport to provide musical entertainment.


Family Learning

We provide six week courses that encourage learning and interaction between parents and their children, as part of the Family Learning Programme at the Gaer Primary School.

The music club is extremely popular with the pupils, the sessions are very lively and engaging, the girls’ infectious enthusiasm transfers to the children who thoroughly enjoy every minute.
Richard Hughes, Head Teacher, Alway Primary School
How you can help

1. Invest your money

We’re completely reliant on income from donations and grants to be able to get Eli Music going. We’re looking for supporters to partner with us and make a regular monthly donation to allow this amazing work to go ahead.

  • £10 a month would pay for weekly tuition sessions with a young person
  • £20 a month would pay for weekly workshops with parents and toddlers
  • £50 a month would pay for a weekly music club in a primary school
  • £100 a month would help support a Music Development Worker to co-ordinate the work
To make a regular donation:
1. Fill out our standing order form and send it directly to your bank.
2. Set up a standing order yourself online if you have access to internet banking.

Our Bank Details:
Bank: HSBC, 1 Bridge Street, Newport, NP20 4UT
Account name: The Lab
Sort code: 40-34-27
Account no: 42125196

2. Invest your time

We’d love to provide one to one, or small group instrumental tuition to children and young people who cannot afford private lessons. We are looking for experienced instrumentalists with a heart for young people to volunteer their time to teach.

Could you give 1-2 hours a week to help teach an instrument?

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3. Invest your old instrument

We want to provide opportunities for children and young people to learn how to play different musical instruments. Unfortunately not everyone can afford to buy even a beginner’s instrument. If you have an old instrument that you don’t use any more, please donate it to the Eli Music project, so we can lend it to a young musician.

Do you have an instrument you’d like to donate?

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