The East Midlands is a varied region, with market towns surrounded by large scale agricultural production in the east, and the urban areas of Northampton, Corby and Leicester in the west along the M1 corridor.
The more sparsely populated districts of Lincolnshire are rural and often isolated. Deprivation is highest around urban areas, along the coast and further north around Nottingham, Mansfield and Chesterfield.
Reece experienced bullying at school, depression and social anxiety, which stopped him singing. The Outburst project for LGBT young people in Nottingham helped him to express his personality, make new friends, and begin to consider a career in music.
Mollie, a talented singer from Derby, has faced many difficulties in her 17 years. Living in care. Running away. Being arrested. Becoming a mum. It’s no wonder that getting an education has been a challenge at times.
Musicians from Baby People's Community Studios project in Mackworth, Derby. The young people decided to work collaboratively rather than as solo artists, deciding that they could make more noise and gain more exposure as a crew.
The Electrospective Music Academy in Derby gave a group of young people the chance to learn songwriting, recording and production skills.