Registered Charity No.1101767
Following the appointment of former Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB, CBE as its President, the Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust was established by Malcolm Goodman MBE on 1 December 2003 and registered by the Charity Commission on 27 January 2004. Then a serving member of the Band of the RAF Regiment, Sergeant Goodman was also Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the RAF Music Services. In his role as Honorary Administrator, from the charity’s home in Newark he is currently supported by two other volunteer trustees, Warrant Officer (Ret.) Trevor McDonald and Sergeant (Ret.) John Baigent. As former RAF musicians, all three trustees are also veterans of the First Gulf War, having served together on active service at Field Hospitals in Saudi Arabia during the 1991 conflict.
With its charitable objects to raise welfare funds through the performance of live music, the charity primarily organises Royal Air Force fund raising concerts in locations where the bands might otherwise not be able to perform. Through these concerts and the sale of RAF Music CDs and merchandise, the charity raises funds from which donations are also made to various RAF and other Service charities. However, as RAF musicians routinely undertake deployments in support of H M Forces around the world, the charity also provides welfare support to personnel whilst deployed on ‘out of area’ operations.
Since its establishment the charity has donated almost £100k in welfare support and associated funding to the following charities and organisations:
British Forces South Atlantic Islands Music Club, Combat Stress, Cornwall Music Service Trust, Every Life Charity, Help for Heroes, Hounds for Heroes, International Bomber Command Centre, International Military Music Society, Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial, Military Wives Choir, National Gulf Veterans Association, Once We Were Soldiers, Royal Air Force Cranwell Orchestra, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Royal Air Forces Association, Royal Air Force Charitable Trust, Royal Air Force Music Services, Royal Air Force Music Services Association, Royal British Legion, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The Veterans Band and Voice for Ukraine UK.
Please note the Royal Air Force Music Charitable Trust is an independant Service charity managed on a purely voluntary basis by three former RAF musicians (the Board of Trustees), and is not connected with the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust or any other Service charity...