Hard Rock Cafe has announced it will donate awarded grants of $5,000 (£3,539) to Youth Music and The Yard.
Hard Rock International and its charity Hard Rock Heals Foundation selected its London and Edinburgh branches from over 200 properties globally to receive the grant.
Kellie Brown, manager of global philanthropy for Hard Rock international said: “Hard Rock Heals exists to improve lives through the power of music. The grants bestowed by the Foundation will be used for community-run music programs, which means that Hard Rock International and Hard Rock Heals Foundation now support close to 100 music organisations in more than 40 countries around the world.”
Youth Music aims to give support to children and young people who are in difficult circumstances with music-making projects, which help build confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
Rob Carter, development director at Youth Music said: “With our shared commitment to changing lives for the better through music-making, this grant will help us reach more young people and make music-making a central part of their lives, regardless of their background or circumstances.”
The Yard aims to provide support for disabled children and young people aged up to 25, supporting over 2,000 people annually with play experiences. The grant will enable them to create more music-based play experiences for its members.
Anna Robinson, partnerships manager at The Yard said: “The grant will support our early-years’ service for 0-5 year olds with music therapy sessions which will aide their development and communication.
“In addition we will also be able to provide a wide range of music based activities at our youth club for disabled teenagers and young adults.”
In 2018 alone, 45 Hard Rock locations have been awarded grants to aid various charities across the globe, and the chosen locations are selected based upon their designated charity’s use of music to heal the community.
By Sarah Thomas