We are “BJMK” (Children and Youth Music Club), a musical community representing
the interests of children, youngsters and their families, by giving them a chance to
evolve their musical skills and personalities. Through our work with local young
people, we help them to meet the challenges and difficulties which they face, and
engage and find their voice in society, through music and creative self-expression.
We also foster integration between different nationalities in Latvia and are active in
several different volunteering organisations and activities, both local and European-
wide, and encourage our youngsters to get involved.
“BJMK” was founded as a society (NGO) in 2004 in the city of Jelgava, Latvia. Later,
in 2008, we founded a private music school, “BJMK Rockschool”, which was
established for professionally orientated education in music. We believe that
everyone, no matter what age or previous knowledge, can become a true musician
when taught in the right way.
At the beginning of our journey as an organisation, our team of volunteers renovated
an old building to make it our home for more than 10 years. This we did with great
joy and excitement, giving all the children and youngsters a space for music and
creativity. Every year, “BJMK” is like a second home to 300 children and young
people who choose to do something valuable with their free time. Since our
founding, we have inspired over 2,000 young people to believe in themselves and
follow their dreams, whether in music as professionals, or by instilling in them a self-
confidence to grow as people with wider perspectives.
Now we have a new challenge. Together, we have to move and make a new home
for our “BJMK” community. It is a very hard decision, having put so much effort and
energy into our previous building, but after reviewing all the pros and cons, the only
viable option is to build a new home once again. We have an old building in our
possession which needs renovating. We hope that we can unite all our resources
again and do most of the work together with local volunteers, but we need your
support, both to raise money and raise our profile. The money is needed for
materials for the renovation as well as the work that can only be done by
professionals (i.e. replacing the roof, renovating the interior walls, replacing windows,
connecting utilities in the building, and installing a fire safety system).
Thank you for reading about our organisation and please help us if you can to
achieve our target, enabling us to continue to be a vital part of the community and
enhancing the lives of young people.