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Olympias Music Foundation

Empowering communities in Manchester through Music

Welcome to the OMF

Olympias Music Foundation (OMF) is an award-winning music charity which champions diversity in music – from instrumental lessons for children on free-school meals, to community choirs for diverse women and school children, we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to participate in music regardless of background or income, and that these experiences can be life-changing.


Since 2015, we have delivered over 16,000+ free music lessons to children in Manchester, engaging hundreds more through workshops and performances. We’re proud to have received a number of regional and national awards for our work, including the Creativity in the Community Prize (Be Proud Awards 2019), Promotion of Equality and Diversity Prize (Manchester Culture Award 2018) and Grassroots Champion Award (Community Integration Awards 2017). 


Our Projects


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.

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Our weekly choir for young people aged 12-16 - Join us 4:30-5:30pm every Friday 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.


73 professional musicians from 27 countries - find out more about their music and their stories.

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."

- Mother of four children who learn an instrument through OMF.


Get in touch

+44 7809532354

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