The BRIT Awards 2018 raised over £1 million from this year’s show to support the work of The BRIT Trust.
The figure is in addition to the £20 million raised for the BRIT Trust in the last three decades. The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, Nordoff-Robbins music therapy, Music Support, Key4Life, and ELAM are among the main beneficiaries.
BRITs chairman Jason Iley said: “While millions tune into the biggest music showcase in the UK each year, it’s often overlooked that The BRIT’s are also a major fundraising event for music charities - so our focus is not only on playing host to some of the most successful artists in the world, but also on raising money for causes close to our hearts.”
The BRIT Trust also renewed partnerships with Julie’s Bicycle, an environmental charity, and Life Water, a charity for clean water projects across Africa and India this year.
Three alumni from The BRIT School were nominated for the BRIT Awards this year – Loyle Carner, Kate Tempest and Raye. Since its opening in 1991, more than 8,000 young people have been given free education with the opportunity to enter the BRIT School.
John Craig, chairman of the BRIT Trust, said: “The money from the show that is donated to the school is critical. The school’s track record in educating and producing students who go on to have careers with the creative industries, is extraordinary. However, the investment is necessary in acquiring and maintaining equipment is considerable and this is why the funds the school received from the show are so important.”
The BRIT Trust this year also announced their funding of a year-long Apprenticeship Scheme at British music companies.
By Allison Miller