Olympias Music Foundation
Empowering communities in Manchester through Music
Welcome to the OMF
Welcome to Olympias Music Foundation (OMF). We are an award-winning music education charity offering free, sustained, high-quality instrumental lessons to young people, and music participation projects for diverse communities in Manchester.
We see a future where all children have access to an excellent music education, and where music opens doors to new worlds and unites communities.
OMF’s work responds to mounting concerns that learning music is becoming a wealthy elite-only activity, that 80% of classical musicians had parents with a degree and that children from low-income families “have virtually no chance of becoming a musician” (Creating a More Inclusive Classical Music - Arts Council England 2021).
Free music lessons for children aged 6-16 on free school meals - join us 5-8pm Mon-Fri at Dean Trust Ardwick secondary school.
Award-winning music projects for children aged 6-11 - join us 4:30-5:30pm every Monday at the Nazarene Community Church.
Empowering diverse women through singing - join us 1-2pm every Monday at the Nazarene Community Church.
Weekly music and movement sessions for children with SEND at St John Vianney and Rodney House schools.
OMF Documentary 2021
Filmed and produced by Semblance Film Company, the OMF documentary follows staff and families over two days in July 2021 at our Learn to Play Open Day and Summer concert as the UK came out a national lockdown, and laid the ground for our hopes and dreams for 2022 and beyond.
"There is no opportunity anywhere else like this. This has given us a new world where we are all given equal opportunity. It bonds me to OMF more because if you look at the people in the OMF, it is a cross-section of the community... It is not an elite group."