Musequality is a charity founded in 2007 to support music education projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries. Inspired by programmes such as El Sistema in Venezuela and Buskaid in Soweto, it was created when vioinist David Juritz realised there was little or no charitable funding available to people attempting to set up music projects in underprivileged communities. Musequality is run by volunteers and supported entirely by donations.
We encourage a wide variety of music in our projects, with particular emphasis on the local musical culture and communal music-making. Our aim is not to produce professional musicians but to give marginalised children an opportunity to regain their self-respect, rebuild their confidence and develop life-skills that will lead to better futures for themselves and their communities.
We do this by working with appropriate partners to develop existing music projects or set up new ones. Our funding helps to provide such basics as musical instruments, sheet music, stands and training materials. We also help with transportation costs, construction or refurbishment of premises, teacher training and performance expenses.
In time we hope to create an exchange programme so that teachers in our projects can visit UK music schools or colleges to enhance their skills, and teachers from other countries can visit our projects, helping to widen horizons for the children.
We believe we are the first, and only, UK charity to support community-based music projects in the developing world. We do not undertake projects in the UK, nor can we assist individuals.