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Snowflakes surrounding students in an orchestral rehearsal in the RCM's Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

The Big Give Christmas Challenge: one gift, twice the impact

Friday 12 November 2021

The Royal College of Music is delighted to have been selected to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest digital match funding campaign, for the eleventh year.

How to donate

Supporters can make the most of this wonderful opportunity by donating via the RCM page on the Big Give website from 12pm on Tuesday 30 November until 12pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021. Your gift can help to unlock £60,000 of match funding!

You will only be able to double donations whilst the match funds last, so please make sure you donate as soon as possible after 12pm on Tuesday 30 November.

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Please note: A clear message will be displayed to indicate when the Challenge starts and when your donation will be doubled. If you start the donation process before 12pm on 30 November, your donation will not be matched. You will be informed prior to making your donation whether your gift will be matched.

About the Big Give

This year the campaign will run from Tuesday 30 November, known as #GivingTuesday, until Tuesday 7 December 2021. During this week any gift from £1 to £25,000 made to the Royal College of Music will be matched up to a total of £60,000.

Philanthropy has always played a central role in the Royal College of Music's history. The RCM remains committed to its founding principle: that those with talent should have the opportunity to study with us, regardless of their background or means. Your kind support enables us to fulfil our mission: it is only with your backing that the RCM will continue to thrive as top performing arts institution in the UK.

In 2020, a record amount was raised through the Big Give Christmas challenge. This year we are hoping to raise £120,000 to support even more young musicians through the RCM Scholarships Fund. This fund enables students from all over the world and from all backgrounds to access tuition provided by the very best professors, utilise unrivalled facilities and take advantage of the exceptional opportunities offered by the RCM, rated top institution for performing arts in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2016-21).

Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed, the Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK's biggest online match funding campaign, helping UK registered charities raise thousands of pounds for their causes. Since the Big Give was launched, it has raised over £156 million for thousands of charity projects.

More information

If you have any questions, or for further information, please contact Marianna Raatikainen, Supporter Engagement Officer, at

Every gift will truly make a difference and will go directly to supporting our students. Please help us to support our deserving young musicians this festive season by donating through the Big Give Christmas Challenge and encouraging others to support the Royal College of Music too.

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