Students at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music

For more than sixty years, the Zimbabwe Academy of Music has been teaching students of all ages and backgrounds. Its campus is a hub of music making, culture, education and creativity, located in the heart of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city. Despite recent periods of economic decline and political uncertainty, ZAM’s doors have always remained open. Its teachers share their skills to enable a new generation of Zimbabweans to understand the joy of music and benefit from the discipline and commitment it demands.

BZAM – The British Friends of the Zimbabwe Academy of Music (UK Registered Charity 1140488) raises money to support the Academy in its work, and help it reach out to the whole city. The Bulawayo Schools Music Project, supported by the British Council, worked with 500 young people across the city for its first major project, and aims to stage an annual community music course, with a particular focus on pupils from schools in the Western Suburbs and inner city.

Read our blog to find out more about the vital work of BZAM, and its partners in Zimbabwe. ZAM has survived until now – but faces ever tougher challenges. If you would like to contribute to our work, we would love to hear from you. You can contact the Trustees at

“The Zimbabwe Academy of Music is a jewel in the crown of our country, a vital force in cultural education. But, like so many of our once strong institutions, it hangs by a thread.”Senator David Coltart, Minister of Education, Republic of Zimbabwe

Outside the Zimbabwe Academy of Music
Students and teachers outside the Zimbabwe Academy of Music
Students and teachers on the steps of the Zimbabwe Academy of Music