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The East Midlands is a varied region, with market towns surrounded by large scale agricultural production in the east, and the new towns 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’s story

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.

Daniel’s story

At age three, Daniel was referred to the Sinfin Children’s Centre in Derby because his language and communication skills were developing at a slower rate than other children’s. Mr Mangle’s Magical Music Factory helped change that.

Mackworth Grime

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.


The organisations we invest in across the East Midlands region

2Funky Arts Ltd

Project: Band

High Peak Community Arts

Music Arts Pod

Derbyshire Music Education Hub

Musical Communities

The Pythian Club

The Pythian Music Project

Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)

LOV Music

SEND Project

SEND's Sound & Vision

Free 2 Talk Community Interest Company

Get Real Youth Music

Nottingham Play Forum Ltd

Nottingham Scrap Band

Baby People

Baby People Area Studios In-Residence



Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT)

Music Forge

Absolute Arts

Absolute Music

The Community Recording Studio

Sound Machine

In Music In Media Ltd

Musically Unorthadox

Derbyshire Music Education Hub

Exchanging Notes Derbyshire

EPIC Partners

Music Meltdown (MM)

Cosmopolitan Arts

Highfields Youth Music Project

Baby People

Next step

Soft Touch Arts Ltd

Mixt Up

Pedestrian Limited


Forward Thinking Movement and Dance CIC

Listen, Hear and Speak to Me (Phase 2)

Scarlet Community Music Club

Countryside Chords


Embedding Music in Children's Hospitals

Nottinghamshire YMCA

Young Creatives

2Funky Arts Ltd

Getting Out

Map of England with markers for Youth Music projects

Music-making near you

We invest in projects where they're needed most, with over 350 taking place nationwide.