Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


OHMI Music Makers offers musical instruments and adapted equipment to young people with physical disabilities and training to those who teach them. Conventional musical instruments cannot be played without two dextrous hands, denying access to those without. The OHMI Music Makers project aims to:
1. provide adapted musical instruments /equipment that are capable of everything the conventional version is capable of, thus enabling full inclusivity in music making.
2. give teachers the skills to work most effectively with the adapted instruments and disabled students

If you vote for OHMI, they will be able to use the funds to:
- Identify children with upper limb disabilities who would like to learn a musical instrument
- Provide specially adapted instruments/equipment that can be played with a range of upper limb disabilities.
- Subsidise lessons to allow children with upper limb disabilities to have the longer, individual lessons that were deemed essential for students to make the same progress as their peers during a recent research project which can be found at

A high proportion of families with a disabled child struggle financially so are unable to support extra activities such as music. Poverty and disability are often interlinked. The Family Resources Survey 2013-14 reported that 37 percent of families with at least one disabled child were in receipt of income-related benefit, compared to 12 percent of families with no disabled child. This is due to several interdependent factors – parents often have to reduce the number of hours they work in order to care for their child, with many two-income households becoming single-income. Benefits, including DLA or PIP awards, do not necessarily keep pace with the extra costs involved in raising a disabled child.

It is often forgotten that the everyday cost of raising a disabled child can itself be a significant factor, with costs estimated as being up to three times more expensive than that of raising a child without a disability, often owing to the extra equipment and services required and the premiums that can also be charged. Research from Scope estimated that disabled people spend, on average, £550 a month on disability-related expenditure, with one in ten paying over £1,000 extra per month.

Evidence from the initial OHMI teaching pilots has shown the impact that learning a musical instrument has had on the participants and their wider families, both in developing and practicing a skill as well as softer benefits such as concentration and self-esteem. Here are some of the comments made by people involved in that project:

“H is still enjoying his special lessons, a few other children have seen the trumpet now and are really jealous of him, his self-esteem is definitely on an upward trend!” – Primary special needs co-ordinator.

“Something that he’s not different on… It’s something that he’s good in, which doesn’t happen that much because something holds him back… He was imagining his world tour last night” Mum

“That’s the most I’ve ever seen him concentrate for!” – Primary special needs co-ordinator

"The school seem surprised at his concentration and development” – Recorder teacher

OHMI would now like to bring this opportunity to other children and also train teachers to work with adapted instruments so that children with physical disabilities from across the UK can benefit from all that participate in music has to offer!

Project Video

The OHMI Trust

Moment of Pride

This project gives children a chance to learn a musical instrument that they join in with their friends, despite a disability . All my children had the opportunity to learn musical instruments. For children who have physical disabilities the same chance is only there thanks to the work of OHMI.

Location: United Kingdom