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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

Amy Winehouse Foundation

Amy's Yard

Croydon Music & Arts

All Together Now: a ground-breaking, three-year partnership programme developing inclusive music-making

Irene Taylor Trust Music in Prisons

Making Tracks

City of London Sinfonia

Music for Children: Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School

Heart'n Soul

SoundLab: Digital music making opportunities led by young people with learning disabilities - pioneering work supporting independent music making, better understanding of inclusive practice and their voice within the music technology industry.

Finding Rhythms CIO

Improving employment prospects of 160 young prisoners, through music.

London Symphony Orchestra

Strategic Approach to Musical Inclusion - development of an east London-wide strategic approach to musical inclusion for young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), working in partnership with nine Music Education Hubs.

SHP - Single Homeless Project

The Sound House Project


Musical Beacons: Creative Pathways

Queen's Crescent Community Association (QCCA)

GO Studio'

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Our Band - making music for individual growth and collective communication

Newham Music Trust

Jam! Inspirational music-making without limits.

Pan Intercultural Arts

Amies Freedom Choir

Groundswell Arts

Lullabies in Schools and The family Jam pilot

Bollo Brook Youth Centre

Music 4 Movement

Second Wave Centre for Youth Arts

Change the Soundtrack - a music empowerment project for young women 11-18 years

Haringey Shed

Shed Training Band, Shed Band: inclusive music making in Haringey

Shoreditch Tabernacle Baptist Church


Creative Futures (UK) Limited

Music for Change (Phase II)

Trinity Laban conservatoire of Music and Dance

Trinity Laban residency at Evelyn Grace Academy, Lambeth

The Willow Primary School

HOPE Music Therapy - Music Therapy For Vulnerable Children

Musiko Musika


Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children

Kaos Choir at Blanche Nevile

Ambition, Aspire, Achieve

AAA Stars Music Project

Hackney Playbus

London Rhymes

Angel Shed Theatre Company

Integrating music into inclusive drama and theatre workshops for children and young peop;le aged 5-25


The Reprezent Specialists

CM (Community Music ltd)

CM Haringey

Groundwork London

Sound Elementz

All Change Arts Limited

Lyrical - singing, songwriting and music production for Islington young women, promoting participation in music-making for those who would otherwise not get the opportunity.

Live Music Now

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

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT)

Into Music - a journey into creativity and the music industry, understanding what it is and where it can take you.

Tomorrow's Warriors

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

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC)

BAC Beatbox Programme

Raw Material Music & Media


The Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey

Harmonies of Hope

Everyone's Climbing Tree

TreeTop Drumming

Drum Works CIC

Developing Accessible Progression Routes

Hackney Music Service

Hackney Music Progression Sessions

Mytime Active

ArtsTrain - New Routes 2017

Creative Futures (UK) Limited

Sounding Out

Urban Development

Urban Artist Summer School

Drake Music

A Rhapsody in Ealing, a four year musical adventure.

The Barbican Centre Trust

Drum Works

Kinetika Bloco

Bloco Exchange

The Roundhouse Trust

Roundhouse Rising - Festival of Emerging Music

Stratford Circus

New Young Voice Collective (NewYVC) Mass Singing Programme

Serious Trust Ltd

Pass It On: Edition 4 2017

Good Vibrations


Orchestras for All

2017-2018 National Orchestra for All (NOFA) Season: Widening participation for young people in challenging circumstances

Musical Futures



Music is a vibration

School Ground Sounds

The Grit School

Tri-borough Music Hub

Tri-borough Early Years Music Consortium

Art Against Knives


MEL Productions (Music Education Language Productions) CIC

Young Musicians of the Future

HMDT Music

Music Treehouse


From grassroots organisations to inclusion in the wider cultural offer: working with children, young people, families and organisations to open and enable more musical pathways for young refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in London.

Irene Taylor Trust Music in Prisons

Pilot projects with Newham Youth Offending Team

Sound Connections

Through funding from Youth Music, Sound Connections will continue to develop, enable and empower young Londoners through music.

Drake Music

Breaking down barriers to music-making: a national, strategic initiative to advocate for and embed SEND music-making and share good practice.

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity

Rose Music

Spitalfields Music

Musical Rumpus

Niburu Media CIC

Raising Aspirations Project - RAP

Camden Music Hub

Somers Town Sinfonia (STS)

Syrus Consultancy CIC

Youth Voice

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.