Roger Hammond Memorial Trust Fund

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/RHMTF

Total raised

£35,030.00
from a target of £50,000.00

Total raised (+ Gift Aid)

£35,035.00

Offline total

£35,000.00


The Roger Hammond Memorial Trust Fund is seeking your support to continue their aim of promoting music and musicians in Africa as a means of bring communities closer together 
Roger’s death in 2012 sparked a campaign to establish a fund to help carry on the work he was so passionate about - bringing people together in innovative ways to tackle issues of poverty and environmental degradation through inter-cultural exchange programmes and cross-sector partnerships.
Together with his wife, Sonia, a professional musician, Roger used music as a catalyst to bring communities together, especially in Africa, so that they could share their experiences and learn from each other.
Music is a vital tool for bringing people together and helping them explore and express the values that underpin collective choice and behaviour.
Different skills and perspectives are needed to understand the challenge and identify solutions. Science has a role to play but cultural transformation is more than just the application of technical knowledge and critical thinking. Choosing a new direction is an emotional as well as practical response to the world we live in.
The Award is being developed in partnership with Prospero World,  as part of the Africa Social Enterprise Fund, which also makes awards in fashion and art.
The award will provide an environment for up-and-coming musician from Africa, whatever their circumstances or background, to develop artistically and creatively and as social change agents, including helping them to place their endeavours on a firm and potentially scalable financial footing.
The award will be given annually and will cover composition and performance in all areas of the musical arts – solo instrument, voice, group, ensemble, orchestra, choir, electronic – and across all musical genres.
In line with the progressive aim of sustainable development, a particular interest of the Award is musical creativity that cuts across established musical cultures and boundaries and includes musical improvisation. The award offers significant international recognition in the form of public exhibitions, including in the United Kingdom, as well as in-country.
In conjunction with Prospero World and the Africa Social Enterprise Fund, Daniel’s award was announced at the launch of the ASEF in December 2016 and he went on to undertake a specially designed short course at the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) in Lagos during 2017. As well, he auditioned for The Voice Nigeria and won the 2017 competition, as a result of which he has a recording contract with Universal Records and sponsorship by Coca Cola in Nigeria. His first single released by Universal focuses on domestic violence so he is clearly following the aim of the Roger Hammond award to use music to pursue social good.
How can you help?
Now that we have proved the concept using our limited resources, we want to continue making awards in Nigeria and also grow across West Africa over the next three years. We are asking potential sponsors to make a three year commitment to funding based on the outline attached.
At the moment we have a particular need that is urgent.
Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu is a young Nigerian classical pianist. He is from a humble background but his talent is huge and his work ethic is tremendous, confident and persistent.  This attitude has resulted in outstanding achievements in the two year diploma course  at MUSON (the Music School of the Nigerian Music Society) and in the year since his graduation.  
Among his  achievements is his distinction in ABRSM grade 8 theory and distinction in grade 8 piano performance.  With a graduating Grade Point average of 3.7 out of 4 points he was awarded the MasterCard Foundation scholarship to the University of Edinburgh to study Music/ Music Education.  This in itself is amazing as MasterCard usually awards these scholarships to science, IT and political studies students.   
He has been granted admission into the College of Music at Edinburgh but the University is now insisting that he does a preliminary year studying Arts subjects.  MasterCard has agreed to delay his scholarship until he completes this preliminary course.  His problem is financial.  The cost of this course is £17,200.  The is a sum out of reach of his family and beyond the savings of Ifeanyi.  
If you can contribute towards a scholarship for Ifeanyi, as well as the other work of the RHMTF, we would be delighted. Contributions will be received by Prospero World, in order for them to qualify for charitable contribution status and to protect your donation.

The Roger Hammond Memorial Trust Fund is seeking your support to continue their aim of promoting music and musicians in Africa as a means of bring communities closer together.


Roger’s death in 2012 sparked a campaign to establish a fund to help carry on the work he was so passionate about - bringing people together in innovative ways to tackle issues of poverty and environmental degradation through inter-cultural exchange programmes and cross-sector partnerships.


Together with his wife, Sonia, a professional musician, Roger used music as a catalyst to bring communities together, especially in Africa, so that they could share their experiences and learn from each other.


Music is a vital tool for bringing people together and helping them explore and express the values that underpin collective choice and behaviour.


Different skills and perspectives are needed to understand the challenge and identify solutions. Science has a role to play but cultural transformation is more than just the application of technical knowledge and critical thinking. Choosing a new direction is an emotional as well as practical response to the world we live in.


The Award is being developed in partnership with Prospero World,  as part of the Africa Social Enterprise Fund, which also makes awards in fashion and art.


The award will provide an environment for up-and-coming musician from Africa, whatever their circumstances or background, to develop artistically and creatively and as social change agents, including helping them to place their endeavours on a firm and potentially scalable financial footing.


The award will be given annually and will cover composition and performance in all areas of the musical arts – solo instrument, voice, group, ensemble, orchestra, choir, electronic – and across all musical genres.


In line with the progressive aim of sustainable development, a particular interest of the Award is musical creativity that cuts across established musical cultures and boundaries and includes musical improvisation. The award offers significant international recognition in the form of public exhibitions, including in the United Kingdom, as well as in-country.


In conjunction with Prospero World and the Africa Social Enterprise Fund, Daniel’s award was announced at the launch of the ASEF in December 2016 and he went on to undertake a specially designed short course at the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) in Lagos during 2017. As well, he auditioned for The Voice Nigeria and won the 2017 competition, as a result of which he has a recording contract with Universal Records and sponsorship by Coca Cola in Nigeria. His first single released by Universal focuses on domestic violence so he is clearly following the aim of the Roger Hammond award to use music to pursue social good.


How can you help?

We have just heard that the University of Edinburgh (see below) is prepared to fund a preliminary year of study in the UK for Ifeanyichuku Ezinmadu, the young pianist, who our partner, the Music Society of Nigeria, has recommended succeed Daniel Diongoli as the second beneficiary of the Africa Social Enterprise Fund’s “Roger Hammond Music Award”

The sponsorship is worth £35,000 and will allow Ifeanyi to complete the University's International Foundation Year, which is a pre-condition of his taking up a four-year degree programme at the University supported by the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

 

Ifeanyi was awarded the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship on the basis of his commitment to early music education and his passion for giving back to the community. On graduating from MUSON in 2017, having won several awards for his piano playing, Ifeanyi started a music project in the community. Titled “Revive the Music”, and being piloted in two schools an Lagos State, the project is aimed at reviving early years music education in the national curriculum in Nigeria.

 

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University provides full scholarship and leadership training to educate and support bright, young African students with a deep, personal commitment to changing the world around them. 

 

While the timing meant that the Roger Hammond Music Award was unable to make a financial commitment to the costs of Ifeanyi’s International Foundation Year at the University, we were happily able to make representations to the University alongside MUSON on Ifeanyi’s behalf and we are obviously delighted that the University has decided to make the funds available from its own resources.

 

In addition to his commitment to early years music education and giving back to the community, Ifeanyi aspires to be a world-class pianist, piano instructor and orchestral conductor.  In addition to the International Foundation Year at the University, Ifeanyi is also preparing for his Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Diploma in Piano Performance having already achieved a distinction in his  ABRSM Piano Grade 8 and his ABRSM Music Theory Grade 7.

 So we are asking now for any contributions to assist with the ongoing costs of running our award….

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Total donations: £30.00

Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu

09.10.18

£10.00

I am Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu, the early music education advocate in the write-up. I remain committed to the vision of the establishment of RHMTF and I hope to see more supports towards the support of early music education across Africa.

Anonymous

25.08.18

£20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)

What a smashing idea,