Music For All launch imminent

New organisation Music for All is to be launched to the public at a ticket-only fundraising dinner and auction at Madame Tussauds on Friday 23 November. '70s rock legends Argent will be headlining the event, coming together for a one-off performance to help launch MFA.

Some of the incredible items in the auction include:

· A drumming master-class with Ian Paice (Deep Purple)

· A Roland TD-20K V-Drums kit signed by Omar Hakim

· A Taylor 714ce acoustic guitar signed by Joe Walsh

· An Akai MIDI pad controller signed by Genesis

· A Fender Telecaster signed by Status Quo

· Katie Melua's Crafter guitar

· A Roland Fantom-X7 keyboard signed by Cliff Richard

· An Ozark deluxe electro-acoustic guitar with cutaway model 3770 signed by Newton Faulkner

The mandate of Music for All is simple - to create more opportunities for people to understand and experience the joys and benefits of music making. Recent research has confirmed a significant demand for learning to play: over 15 million people wish to learn an instrument or return to playing music. Our aim is to help, by developing a range of projects that inspire, educate and enable more people to play music. These projects will be aimed at all ages, from school children to retirement age.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.