What is The Art Of Music Foundation?
The Art of Music Foundation was established in 2009 and it’s mission is to promote the performance and appreciation of art music in Kenya and to use it’s transformative power to change lives, particularly of those living in underprivileged areas of the country. The foundation exists to use music to make a difference in the lives of young Kenyans. We believe art music, with its traditions of structure, discipline and excellence, can offer a great awakening and opportunity to a broad spectrum of Kenyan youth. Our programmes centre on mentorship, first-class training and performance opportunities – we see music uniting communities and changing lives.
Started in the year 2008, Ghetto Classics is a community programme that involves over 650 children in Korogocho – one of Kenya’s biggest slums that is home to about 300,000 urban poor and 5 satellite areas around Nairobi. We use music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. We do this by instilling in them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music. Our programme also provides them with income generating opportunities. Read More →
The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya is a pioneering education and training project which was set up by the Art of Music Foundation in 2010. Inspired by the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema organisation in bringing communities together and developing national pride through music participation, the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (or KNYO as it is often called) meets three times a year in Nairobi for intensive training. Read More →
Blog post – Transforming Tracy
In October 2016 Ensemble Medici (http://www.ensemble-medici.de/index2.html), a string quartet of Doctors came to Kenya for a series of fundraising concerts, master classes with the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya/ KNYO, El Sistema Kenya and Ghetto Classics.
Whilst in Korogocho with Ghetto Classics they met Tracy. In 2013 Tracy was 2 years old when her house caught fire and her face was severely burnt and left disfigured. Being doctors they took it upon themselves to give Tracy the medical help she needed and a life changing surgery.
Fast forward to 11th November 2017, Tracy and her mum got on their way to Germany for a series of surgeries over 2 months that will ultimately change her life.
We want to thank the doctors from #EnsembleMedici for doing these operations free of charge, a big thank you to Kenya Airways for sponsoring the flights to Germany and everyone who has been part of this journey.
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