Baluji Music Foundation was established in 2008 by
Baluji Shrivastav OBE ,
Indian multi-instrumentalist and composer signed to ARC Music and his wife, musician and writer Linda Shanson
The Inner Vision Orchestra was founded by Baluji Music Foundation In 2012, to give professional opportunities and employment to blind and partially sighted musicians and raise awareness of the issues facing them in establishing their careers. Members of the Inner Vision Orchestra performed in front of a global audience of millions at the London 2012 closing ceremony of the Paralympics. In 2016 Baluji was awarded the OBE for his services to music and as founder of the Inner Vision Orchestra.
Events We compose and produce visionary and innovative music events drawing on our diverse musical and cultural origins and featuring blind artists or blind and sighted artists working together. Our latest production, multi-media Unlimited International commission ‘Antardrishti - Inner Vision’ premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and toured the UK and India. Members of the Inner Vision Orchestra were proud to perform for the Her Majesty The Queen at the Commonwealth Resounds Multi Faith Carol Concert in December, and in 2020 we launched both a series of online concerts as well as our Blind Spot series of musical events at St John’s. FIND OUT MORE
Inner Vision Orchestra Spotlight on Blind Talent! This unique world music orchestra of professional blind musicians burst onto the stage in 2012 to address the lack of blind people featuring in UK Music. The orchestra tours nationally and internationally, performing in top venues. We offer employment and training for blind and partially sighted musicians and encourage positive attitudes to visual impairment. There are currently 18 members based in the UK from all over the world and the orchestra is expanding.
THE BLIND.TV This is our innovative 24 hour TV channel showcasing work by blind musicians and performers. Our aim is to promote the visibility and understanding of blind people in the media. We invite you to submit your feature here! (Feature Coming Soon)
Music workshops Inclusive and enjoyable workshops for people of all musical levels given by members of the talented Inner Vision Orchestra. Baluji believes that participating in music making can transform lives. This is even more true for people who have little or no sight as the role of sound and listening becomes a major way of interacting with the world. Generously supported by The Vision Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, workshops are free to attend for blind and partially sighted people and a companion and are currently being held online and by dial-in.
Research The Baluji Music Foundation produces and participates in research to help address the issues faced by blind and partially sighted musicians.
Documentaries The Baluji Music Foundation produces documentaries with award winning film makers to raise the profile of and awareness about blind musicians. FIND OUT MORE
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Our founding principles:
To advance access to artistic experiences for disabled people
To advance experience and appreciation of the arts through cross cultural artistic activities for people of all backgrounds
To advance the public’s education in traditional, classical and contemporary indian music
To advance racial harmony, community development and the promotion of diversity for people of all backgrounds and abilities through involvement in artistic activities.
Link to charity commission filings: https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0®id=1130985
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