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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 →



Upcoming Events – Safaricom Int Jazz Festival

Safaricom International Jazz Festival is here again! Join us 30th April 2017 at The Carnivore Grounds for a fun filled afternoon as we commemorate International Jazz Day and celebrate our very own Kenyan Jazz artistes!

Tickets can be purchased at The Michael Joseph Centre at Kshs 2000/ regular and Kshs 500/ students (please provide your student ID card upon purchase).

Come show some love and support for our jazz artistes and contribute to improving the lives of the awesome and talented Ghetto Classics kids!

Read more on the Art of Music Blog →