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The North East consists of large rural areas predominantly in the north and west of the region, as well as industrial and urban areas in the east and south. The North East is home to Northumberland National Park, and part of the Pennines, as well as two World Heritage Sites.

While areas like Teesside are still centres of heavy industry, the numbers employed in these industries has rapidly declined. The region has the highest proportion of 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England at 16.1%, and employment levels in the region are the lowest in England.

Thirty-five percent of children in Middlesbrough and 30% of children in Newcastle live in poverty, compared to an English average of 26%. The North East has the highest suicide rate in England.

Holly’s story

Teenager Holly was quiet and withdrawn when she first attended The Performers. But learning to play a variety of instruments with other young carers has helped her to speak up for herself.

David’s story

David dreamed of learning to DJ, but most of the courses he found were too expensive. The fact that David has autism also made the idea of learning and performing with strangers extra challenging.

Hayley’s story

Hayley was bullied at school for being ‘different’ to other girls. With the support of a music project at her local youth centre, she’s discovered her potential on the bass guitar and found a new self-belief.

East by North East

Young people from diverse backgrounds worked alongside local musicians to develop their talents and build confidence in their own music-making abilities.


The organisations we invest in across the North East region

Integrating Children

ELMA - Expanding Lives through Musical Achievement

Wolsingham School and Community College

Weardale Musical Outreach Project

Beamish Museum

Beats & Pieces

Red Dreams


Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Singing for Health: A multi-partner music programme in the North East of England

Sage Gateshead

Community Music Spark: Artistic Development and Practitioner Training (CMS ADAPT)

All in Youth Project


Sage Gateshead

CoMusica Inclusion

Helix Arts

Off the Beat

North East Autism Society

Little Sparks

Music Partnership North - Northumberland

Bedlington to Ashington Building Brass

Children North East - Musical Relationships

Musical Relationships

The Customs House

Note Perfect

Middlesbrough Council



Someone who believes in you

Hartlepool Borough Council

Exchanging Notes Programme - engaging young people through music in schools and the community.

New Writing North

Songwriting in Tyne and Wear

Generator North East

AAA / WeCreate / Switch

King James I Academy

South West Durham Rock School

Integrating Children

Integrating Miracles (IM)

Skimstone Arts

Marvellous Music, Mentoring, Sharing, Supporting, making a move, across the North East

Jack Drum Arts

Wear Making Music

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.