What is The Art Of Music Foundation?

The Art of Music Foundation was established in 2009 and it’s mission is to promote the performance and appreciation of art music in Kenya and to use it’s transformative power to change lives, particularly of those living in underprivileged areas of the country. The foundation exists to use music to make a difference in the lives of young Kenyans. We believe art music, with its traditions of structure, discipline and excellence, can offer a great awakening and opportunity to a broad spectrum of Kenyan youth. Our programmes centre on mentorship, first-class training and performance opportunities – we see music uniting communities and changing lives.


The Ghetto Classics

Started in the year 2008, Ghetto Classics is a community programme that involves over 650 children in Korogocho – one of Kenya’s biggest slums that is home to about 300,000 urban poor and 5 satellite areas around Nairobi. We use music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. We do this by instilling in them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music. Our programme also provides them with income generating opportunities. Read More →

The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya

The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya is a pioneering education and training project which was set up by the Art of Music Foundation in 2010. Inspired by the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema organisation in bringing communities together and developing national pride through music participation, the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (or KNYO as it is often called) meets three times a year in Nairobi for intensive training. Read More →


Upcoming Events – Ensemble Medici Kenya tour 2016

The Ensemble Medici was founded about 30 years ago by members of the “Orchestra of the German Paediatricians”.
Besides studying medicine all the members of the Ensemble have got a professional education on their instruments. So they are doctors as well as artists.

The concert tour to Kenya in 2016 is to support the education in classical music for the children living in the slums. As paediatricians they know how music can influence the development of children, socially and emotionally.

Come and watch them perform on 22nd October at the Kenya National Theatre from 4pm.



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