Make a donation

We are always grateful to hear from people who can help to support the work of NMPAT by making a donation. NMPAT is an independent registered charity and the lead partner in the county’s Music Education Hub, with no local authority support, and it depends on financial donations, alongside grants and fees payable, to enable delivery for our current young people and for future generations… 


If you, or someone you know, could help to support this charity to continue to do the work that we do today, or with a future legacy, please see below some of the ways that you can contribute and make a difference – changing lives of children and young people, through music and the arts. 

During 2017 to 2018 we received over £30,000 in donations from individual people. This money has enabled the maintenance and repair of our instrument stock, to continue the window replacement programme at the 'Music School' in Kettering Road, Northampton, and to ensure that many more young people can learn to make music and to play instruments.

If you could help to support us by making either a regular or one off donation we will use that income to underwrite our activities and hold the costs of fees and subscriptions at a manageable level for young people and their families.  Perhaps if you have benefitted from an association with us in the past, you might consider supporting the trust in for the future.

Donations can be made to the trust at any time, using our online donation portals: Virgin Money Giving and Local Giving.  Donations can also be made direct to the Trust, with a cheque made payable to NMPAT or by credit or debit card, via the Trust office:

Gift Aid

If you are making a donation to NMPAT, please make your money work harder for us by agreeing to Gift Aid any donations you may give.  If you are a UK tax payer then NMPAT, as a registered charity (no. 1145643), can claim 25p gift aid on every £1 you donate, but only if you complete and return a Gift Aid declaration form.

NMPAT is also able to benefit from Gift Aid on subscriptions for County Ensembles and Saturday Centres, if the person paying for these memberships completes the same form.

Online donations

You can support us by making donations at our online donation portals: Virgin Money Giving and Local Giving, who will reclaim Gift Aid support if you are a UK Tax Payer.

Local Giving

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

Online donations can be made to NMPAT via our Localgiving page.

Virgin Money Giving

Online donations can be made to NMPAT via our Virgin Money Giving page.

Instrument loan donations

NMPAT has a large stock of instruments and is pleased to make these available to students to assist with their musical studies. We are happy to do this for free to students in their first year of learning. In following years the loan is still free, but we ask you to consider making a donation of £20 per term for the continued loan of the instrument. This is a voluntary contribution. However, please do consider that equivalent commercial hire rates would be between £30 and £300 per term depending on the value of the instrument.

If you would like to make a donation you can do this online via the NMPAT Parent Pay Shop.

Friends of NMPAT

The Friends Association exists to support the work of NMPAT, particularly the County Groups. If you would like to support this aspect of our work please make contact with them directly through the volunteers serving refreshments at rehearsals and concerts.

A simple way you can support The Friends Association is by registering online with easyfundraising. This is a scheme where whenever you buy anything online – business purchases, personally, your weekly shop or even a holiday - you could be raising a free donation... it doesn’t cost you anything!

There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, Ebay, John Lewis, Virgin Trains, Clarks, Boden, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Debenhams, M&S, Argos, Boots...  who will all potentially donate a percentage of the amount you spend to The Friends of Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust to say thank you for shopping with them. You can install the easyfundraising tool bar in your browser, or there is a smart phone app, which will prompt you whenever you use a retail site, where there’s an opportunity for a donation. 

Anyone who purchases goods online can nominate FNMPAT as the beneficiary for a percentage of their purchases and it costs nothing. For more information visit the easy fundraising website.


Gordon Robinson Trust

The Gordon Robinson Trust was established to give support to specific individual students displaying particular talent or experiencing specific hardship. You can find out more about the work of the Gordon Robinson Trust on their pages.

A legacy of music and a lasting memorial

NMPAT - Changing lives of children and young people, through music and the arts

Legacies can support specific areas of NMPAT’s work - such as providing bursaries and fee remissions; maintaining instruments or improving our facilities; supporting specific ensembles, Saturday Centres, or events - or can contribute more generally towards NMPAT’s ongoing commitment to changing the lives of children and young people, through music and the arts.  Your legacy gift can make a unique and personal memorial to your enjoyment of music.

We hope that perhaps if you have experienced an association with NMPAT or with 'Northampton Music School' in the past, you might be inspired to consider supporting the trust in the future, gaining the satisfaction of knowing it will help ensure the future of an organisation that you’ve valued during your lifetime.

To ensure your wishes are honoured, a legacy should be prepared in consultation with your legal advisor, however we are happy to discuss any queries you may have about the Trust. 

Legacies can be made by way of a gift of cash, shares or property and your solicitor can advise you on writing your will. As NMPAT is a registered charity (no. 1145643) no inheritance tax is payable on the amount of your legacy. In certain situations this may be an effective way of reducing the tax liability of your estate whilst benefiting a favourite charity.

Did you know? - If you leave 10% or more of the value of your taxable estate to charity, not only is the gift itself exempt from IHT but the remaining estate is subject to IHT at 36% rather than 40%.

We understand that some people prefer to keep the personal decision of leaving a legacy private, but we would be delighted to hear from you if you choose to let us know so that we can thank you during your lifetime. Letting us know about your gift will be treated in the strictest confidence and does not place you under any obligation.

Already made a will? A codicil is a simple way of adding to your will without rewriting the main provisions. A sample codicil can be downloaded below.