Music Aid has worked with children in need since it launched in 1998 and a guiding principle and message has been: “Every child deserves hope”.

This message of hope remains at the heart of all activities. Music Aid supports UNICEF – The United Nations International Children´s Emergency Fund – and is also active in many other programs proving aid and support to children in need.

This ambitious global program provides every child with access to free music lessons. An international network of music teachers, schools and community programs provides the latest music professional teaching techniques, resources, software and support everywhere in the world: to individuals, small groups and communities and in schools. Every teacher, school, and community group leader, in every country, can apply to become part of this international program. It is 100% free to all teachers, schools and community projects and is designed, managed and funded entirely by Music Aid. In poor remote rural areas this program provides village schools and children with something they could never afford or dream of – life and education enhancing music classes that the children love. It also provides work opportunities and support for musicians and teachers. Read more here.

The Music Aid launch event funded a project in Indonesia with poor village children and it was soon discovered that a main reason they did not attend school was because the parents could not afford the black school shoes that many schools in the area demanded. Music Aid quickly bought hundreds of shoes, school bags, writing and work materials etc for the families and also paid school fees and debts where necessary to help the village families keep the children in school. Many were able to start school for the first time. Read more about the MA Child Aid programs here.

Music Aid also supports the Because International project and The Shoe That Grows program:

Providing shoes has been a recurring theme in Music Aid´s activities. This has recently been formalized into a specialist program providing shoes for very poor children and their families. It is estimated that 300 million children in the world do not have shoes or have very poor and inadequate shoes. Surprisingly, this also includes western countries. Read more about providing shoes to those in need, and how it became an important issue, here. Recently Music Aid discovered the