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Between them, our celebrity supporters have tonnes of experience in a wide variety of music-related careers. They’re all passionate about music, and share our belief in the life-changing power of music-making.

Bill Bailey

"I believe every child should have the opportunity to make music in whatever way they like, whether it’s singing, getting involved in music production or even playing the theremin."

Laura Mvula

"Youth Music gave me the tools and the platform to develop as a performer, a writer and a singer."

Gareth Malone

Carrie Grant

"As a parent of four children, three with special needs and one we adopted from the care system, I know only too well how music can inspire and comfort as well as provide an amazing means of expression."

David Grant

Jen Long

“I'm particularly passionate about encouraging young women to get involved in music and choose it as a career option as I feel we are under-represented in the industry.”

Kathryn Tickell

“I’ve seen at first hand the great benefits Youth Music projects bring to many disadvantaged young people – developing musical skills, self-confidence and simply enjoying the huge buzz of making music."

Myleene Klass

“I think that music is vitally important. Music has consistently been proven to help with a child's development, speech, co-ordination, team skills and in my case, maths.”

Tasmin Little

"The diverse range of projects supported by Youth Music help to encourage young people and open doors for them to discover their creativity."

Ian Bostridge

"Music should be a part of every child’s life. Without Youth Music’s help, thousands of children across the country might never have discovered their creative musical abilities."

Julian Joseph

Aled Jones

"Music has played a huge part in my life from a very young age and has helped me to become the person I am."

Watch: Laura Mvula’s amazing speech

At the Music Week Awards 2016, Laura spoke about the important role Youth Music played in her musical journey.

Katharine Carr and her daughter Alice meeting Bill Bailey
Katharine Carr and her daughter Alice meeting Bill

Youth Music supporters meet Bill Bailey

Competition winners Katharine Carr and Olivia Phipps thoroughly enjoyed themselves at Bill Bailey’s ‘Limboland’ show at London Eventim Apollo in July 2016. The lucky Youth Music supporters had the unmissable opportunity to meet the man himself afterwards.