Organisations accepting members/volunteers



The original LSF (LSF UK’s parent organisation) began with a violin repair project run by two violin makers in schools in Havana, Cuba. From their experience it was clear that many talented musical children lack properly maintained instruments and bows. 

So LSF was set up to send trained violin and bow repairers to countries where these service are scarce. We organise our own projects abroad and do our own fundraising. 

We send volunteers on short term missions to train violin and bow repairers in countries where these services are needed. 


British Violin Making Association (BVMA)

The British Violin Making Association, formed in 1995, is one of the foremost violin making associations in the world, with about 500 members based both in the UK and abroad.

The Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historic Instruments

The Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments Quarterly, founded in 1975, is a lively forum organisation for those interested in historical musical instruments. Its principle publication, FoRMHI Quarterly, in handy A5 format, welcomes papers on all aspects the history and making of historical musical instruments – from the ancient Coptic sistrum to Beethoven’s piano.

The National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers

NAMIR was formed in 1993 as the National Association of Musical Instrument Repairers, to provide a dedicated craft association for the profession of musical instrument repairers.|