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PLAYING FOR CHANGE

A ground-breaking initiative sponsored by Casio Music UK, in partnership with Premier League footballer Nathan Aké.

Playing For Change supports and promotes the unique benefits of music education by donating digital pianos to schools and colleges.

"I am so excited to partner with Casio to create the ‘Playing For Change’ initiative.
Learning to play the piano has offered me so many positives."

Nathan Aké

WE BELIEVE IN MUSIC

Learning a musical instrument can have so many benefits for children and young people.

From developing cognitive and listening abilities, encouraging creativity, developing social skills and fostering a spirit of dedication and determination, playing a musical instrument gives you so many life skills.

At Casio UK, we want to see as many young people as possible benefit from playing the piano, and want to help schools and colleges provide high-quality instruments for their students.

If you are a member of staff at a UK-registered education institution which deserves the chance to receive a free digital piano, this scheme is for you.


NATHAN'S STORY

Nathan Aké began to learn the piano during the Covid lockdown. Like many people across the UK, he found that learning a musical instrument helped to provide a sense of focus, an opportunity for personal reflection and a chance to learn a new skill. 

After several weeks of watching online videos and tutorials, Nathan continued to enjoy playing the piano and realised that music and sport had several similarities: self-discipline, teamwork, dedication and regular practice are all important factors in both. 

Playing For Change seeks to give young people the opportunity to discover the same benefits by providing free digital pianos to schools and colleges across the UK. 

As featured on ITV, the first phase of our project began in Manchester, at the East Manchester Academy, which is a few hundred metres from the Manchester City football stadium. Six schools in the local area received digital pianos. As of April 2024, the scheme widened, inviting applications from across the UK. 


HOW TO APPLY

Every month, Casio UK choose two schools or colleges from a list of applicants to donate a digital piano free of charge.

All instruments are awarded on a needs/merit basis. Once you’ve applied, your application stays with us, so even though you may not be chosen immediately, you may hear from us in the future.

Complete the form below to make your application. 

Terms and conditions apply.


APPLY NOW

Terms and conditions apply.


Terms and Conditions

  1. Casio Electronics Co. Ltd, hereafter referred to as ‘Casio Music UK’, welcomes applications from any UK-based school, college or charitable organisation to be considered to receive a FREE CDP-S110 digital piano and CS-46 stand (hereafter referred to as ‘a digital piano’.

  2. Your application will be reviewed by the Casio Music UK panel upon submission. However, submission does not guarantee the donation of a digital piano.

  3. Your application will be kept on file and reviewed periodically. Casio Music UK will identify and contact two applicants per calendar month to propose a donation.

  4. Your application will be held on file for the duration of the project.

  5. You can withdraw your application at any time by emailing emi@casio.co.uk.

  6. No cash alternative to the digital piano is offered.

  7. If your application is accepted, the digital piano will be delivered to the school or college address. The instrument is supplied flat-packed, and will need to be assembled.

  8. Casio Music UK cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from improper use or assembly of the digital piano.

  9. If your application is successful, you agree to submit photographs of the instrument in use within your setting and provide surrounding commentary as to how your organisation is benefitting from the gifted piano. These will be used to promote the scheme on social media.

  10. It will be the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all safeguarding issues arising from point 9 above, which includes but is not limited to the photography of students below the age of 18, are complied with in accordance with your institution’s safeguarding policy.