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  • 28
    May 2015
    We’re a Proms 2015 charity!

    We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of the four Promenaders’ Musical Charities this year. A dedicated group of Prommers go to all the Proms concerts in the Royal Albert Hall and wield collection buckets – last year they raised £94,000! So if you’re going to the Proms this year, be sure to have […]


  • 04
    May 2015
    Please vote for us!

    Please VOTE FOR US to give us a chance to win a £7,800 bid from the Aviva Community Fund. The finalists are chosen by public vote, and you’ve won similar competitions for us in the past, so please do it again now. If we won, we would use the money to fund a Soundtracks project […]


  • 28
    May 2015
    A child’s hidden language

    On Friday 19th June Jessie’s Fund director Lesley Schatzberger will be giving a talk on how music can help children to communicate.  One of the events in the prestigious York Festival of Ideas, this talk starts at 6.15pm, at the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York. The talk will be illustrated by short […]


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Jessie’s Fund is a UK charity helping children with additional and complex needs to communicate and express themselves through the use of music. We work with children in hospices, special schools and in other settings nationwide, giving them access to music-making and to music therapy. See short video clips here.

2JF 20 small015 is our 20th anniversary. We’re marking this major milestone with a series of events throughout the year and we hope you’ll celebrate our achievements with us. Here is our 20th anniversary programme.



Victoria Wood, Comedian, writer, actor and director.

Victoria Wood

Our Patron

“So why Jessie’s Fund? …

What I love about music is we don’t know what it is, how it works, and it doesn’t matter.

It’s all about totally personal response, it helps us find out who we are, and we all deserve that, however many days we’re given.”

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Charles HazlewoodCharles Hazlewood

Our 20th Anniversary Patron

“Music can reach parts untouched by anything else. That is never so clear as when making music with children who cannot communicate in any other way. Listening to and making music is their voice and their creativity. It is a thing which brings them to life and laughter like nothing else. And it is the heart of Jessie’s Fund – a wonderful charity which brings the magic of music to children in the most difficult circumstances.”