Music Broth – Helping the music play on in tough times

Posted: 02 August 2021, in News

During lockdown, the creative social enterprise and charity Music Broth have delivered over 400 of their musical instruments to people’s door, from their shared community instrument library of over 2,000 reused and restored musical items. This community work has enabled many people to benefit from access to musical instruments for creativity and wellbeing during a time of stress and restricted activities.

In addition to being Scotland’s Musical Instrument Library, Music Broth have also provided group and one to one online music lessons over Zoom during the pandemic, and have made available a wide range of free tutorials on their dedicated YouTube Channel to help everyone to develop their musical skills and connect with others.

If you’re feeling creative, want equipment for recording or performing, or just want to try something new, it’s easy to join the library via the Join button on the Music Broth website, where you can reserve your chosen instrument online, and find out about all the activities available.

Founding Director Jen O’Brien tells us that “Music Broth is an inclusive social enterprise dedicated to shared equitable access to restored musical instruments and connecting people through music learning and playing opportunities. We aim to remove barriers of access, and help everyone to benefit from a relationship with music. We also support a network of volunteers who help us in everything we do, repairing instruments, deliveries, collections, designing events, and new volunteers are welcome.”

Music Broth’s COVID-secure ‘Let The Music Play’ open day is this coming Sunday 8th August from 12 to 3pm, with live music showcasing lockdown learners, eco-friendly family activities and a chance to look around the library in a COVID safe way planned.

If you would like to join, donate instruments in any condition, or just find out more about Music Broth, come to the upcoming open day, connect with them on social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or get in touch via email:, or tel: 0141 478 0799.