Support Us

Welcome to encore, the fundraising network for supporters of young musicians!


For the last four years, encore has been raising money to support Brighton Youth Orchestra and all the city ensembles managed by Brighton & Hove Music and Arts. Through membership and concerts we raise money for:


The Hardship Fund, for young musicians who could not otherwise afford to be involved in music making and lessons.  

Orchestra 360 inclusive ensemble with specialist teaching, adapted instruments and performance opportunities. 

Master-Classes offering talented young musicians individual tuition that could make all the difference to their future career. 

Specialist Instrument purchase and maintenance for all our ensembles.

With the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in now, we at encore want to ensure that as many young musicians as possible are able to access music tuition online.  Now that Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival manage both Brighton & Hove Music & Arts and East Sussex Music, we felt it only right that we extend our support to young musicians facing hardship across East Sussex. Please do support our campaign below - if you aren't able to donate, please share it with other music lovers!  

5K FOR 500 

Help young people feel connected through music making in East Sussex 

We want to raise £5000 for 500 lessons in 12 weeks!


We need your help to fundraise enough money to support families in East Sussex who need music for their children and young people the most.
More and more of our families are finding it hard to prioritise music lessons for their children at this time, and now more than ever, music can be a bedrock for our young people’s happiness and stability.
We need music in our lives 

Music energises and helps us cope with difficult times. Young people tell us that they see music-making as an essential part of their lives - it makes them feel worthwhile and helps them explore their emotions.
Well aware of how music affects their emotions, they draw on it as a tool to convey and reflect their feelings. Science has proved that music changes emotional states and helps to regulate moods.
The creative process of making music has a deep and profound impact on well-being and during this uncertain time, young people are feeling disconnected, unable to socialise with their peers. Our aim is to support them and get them through these difficult times through the power of music. 
How money will be spent 

East Sussex Music have created online tutorials and help guides, and more importantly are providing young people with live online lessons with supportive teachers.
The good news is that a little goes a long way online:

For every £10 donated, we can give a music lesson online. 
And if you tick Gift Aid this adds a whopping 25% to every donation.


Support us and record a campaign video


We’re looking for musicians of all ages who will help us get the word out, with the help of a little bit of music! If that could be you, we’d like you to record a short video of a piece of music you love, and tell us why music is important for young people. For details of what we need and where to send it, check out the information below.