Music of Life Foundation is an organisation led by a policy of positive discrimination, specifically working with children and young people who have special needs and complex disabilities and including their families, primary carers and teachers. As an organisation we do not judge potential employees, board members or project participants on the grounds of gender, race, religion or disability.
We provide opportunities for children and young people to access creative experiences in a professional environment – people who have complex disabilities are among the most socially and professionally excluded groups in any community and they are our priority whatever their cultural background. We employ art as a means of expression and creative communication. We showcase the work that is a result of creative collaboration between our project participants and professional musicians to public audiences in order to increase understanding of disability and tolerance of difference.
Our methods and approaches are defined and led by the people we work with and we enable participants to access creative experiences through full consideration of their needs whatever their cognitive or physical ability.
Music of Life Foundation actively seeks to include children and young people, their carers and families who are from diverse cultural and social groups. We work with schools in urban and inner city areas where often the majority of pupils are from Asian, African and Arabic communities. We are also aware of, and try to provide access for, children and families from rural areas in East Sussex and other counties in the UK where our projects take place.
Music of Life Foundation works with volunteers from the community and other artists, cultural organisations and professionals working in the field of disability. We have implemented a recommendation system for volunteers working directly with vulnerable project participants. There are no restrictions to participation other than through specific child protection protocols. We train people and encourage active engagement between disabled and non-disabled people. We invite participation in our work from people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or social class who have a genuine interest in disability and making contact with people through music.