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The UK’s largest city and capital, London has the greatest inequality of any region in the country. Extreme wealth and extreme deprivation often live side by side, in the same borough or even down the same street.

Thirty-seven percent of London children are living in poor households compared to 26% for the rest of England. Inner London has a higher poverty rate than outer London, and East has a higher poverty rate than West. The borough of Tower Hamlets has the highest level of child poverty in the country.

London is the most ethnically diverse city in the country, with 55% of the population identifying as Black or Minority Ethnic (BAME). It also has the highest rate of children and young people in contact with the criminal justice system.

Tommy’s story

Drummer Tommy, 15, is studying GCSE Music and loves composing his own beats. It’s a real change from a few years ago, when he had issues controlling his temper and was excluded from school several times.

Elijah’s story

Elijah found communication difficult and struggled in school. African drumming has given him the confidence to express himself, socialise with others, and even get GCSE grades that no one expected.

Boy playing red guitar


Through music-making, Fairbeats has helped hundreds of recently-arrived young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds become more settled in the UK.

Danyl Johnson with a young person making music.
Photo by Harvey Aspell.

London Symphony Orchestra

At the Youth Create Day, young disabled people from across East London had the opportunity to experiment with new instruments and technology, improvise in a group and enjoy performances from the LSO’s world-class musicians. They also met an X Factor star!

Kinetika Bloco

Kinetika Bloco Croydon's fun-packed October half term workshop gave young people the chance to learn drums, steel pans, brass or woodwind, make new friends and perform together.


The organisations we invest in across London

Camden Music Hub

Somers Town Sinfonia (STS)

Niburu Media CIC

Raising Aspiration Project - RAP

Spitalfields Music

Musical Rumpus

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity

Rose Music

Irene Taylor Trust Music in Prisons

Pilot projects with Newham Youth Offending Team

HMDT Music

Music Treehouse

MEL Productions (Music Education Language Productions) CIC

Young Musicians of the Future

Art Against Knives


Tri-borough Music Hub

Tri-borough Early Years Music Consortium

School Ground Sounds

The Grit School


Music is a vibration

Musical Futures


Good Vibrations

Kerjasama - working together

Serious Trust Ltd

Pass It On

The Roundhouse Trust

Roundhouse Rising - Festival of Emerging Music

Stratford Circus

New Young Voice Collective (NewYVC) Mass Singing Programme


Fairbeats - opening pathways

Kinetika Bloco

Bloco Exchange

The Barbican Centre Trust

Drum Works

Drake Music

A Rhapsody in Ealing, a four year musical adventure.

Music In Detention

Music from the Edge

Mytime Active

ArtsTrain - New Routes 2017

Creative Futures (UK) Limited

Sounding Out

Hackney Music Service

Hackney Music Progression Sessions

The Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey

Harmonies of Hope

Drum Works CIC

Developing accessible progression routes

Everyone's Climbing Tree

TreeTop Drumming

Raw Material Music & Media

Instrumental Zone

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)

BAC Beatbox Academy

Tomorrow's Warriors

Aspire and Achieve module of the Tomorrow's Warriors Young Artist Development Programme

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT)

Into Music

Live Music Now

Live Music Now "SEND Inspire Training Programme": a pathway for early career professional musicians to develop as specialist music leaders

All Change Arts Limited


Groundwork London

Sound Elementz

CM (Community Music ltd)

CM Haringey


Reprezent The Specialists

Angel Shed Theatre Company

Angel Shed Theatre's Inclusive Music Programme

Ambition, Aspire, Achieve

AAA Stars

Hackney Playbus

London Rhymes

Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children

Kaos Choir at Blanche Nevile

Musiko Musika

We Are Here!!

The Willow Primary School

HOPE Music Therapy - M T for Vulnerable Children

Trinity Laban conservatoire of Music and Dance

Trinity Laban Residency at Evelyn Grace Academy

Creative Futures (UK) Limited

Music for Change (Phase II)

Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church


Haringey Shed

Haringey Shed Band and Training Band

Second Wave Centre for Youth Arts

Change the Soundtrack

Syrus Consultancy CIC

Youth Voice

Bollo Brook Youth Centre

Movement 4 Music

Groundswell Arts

Lullabies in Schools and the Family Jam pilot

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity

Vocal Beats

Pan Intercultural Arts

Amies Freedom Choir

Newham Music Trust

JAM! Inspirational Music Making Without Limits

Girls Rock London

Girls Rock Camp

Queen's Crescent Community Association (QCCA)

GO Studio


Musical Beacons: Creative Pathways

SHP - Single Homeless Project

The Sound House Project

London Symphony Orchestra

LSO Strategic Approach to Musical Inclusion

Finding Rhythms CIO

Musical work-experience for young prisoners

Bromley Youth Music Trust

One Voice: inspiring singing for SEN/D children

Heart n Soul



Learn to Talk Together

City of London Sinfonia

Music at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School

Irene Taylor Trust Music in Prisons

Making Tracks in London

Sound and Music

Go Compose

Croydon Music & Arts

All Together Now

Amy Winehouse Foundation

Amy's Yard

Drake Music

Think22 | A Paradigm Shift

Sound Connections

Sound Connections

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.