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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.

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.

Ben’s story

From a young age, Ben’s loved making music. He’s also had to face the challenge of being labelled as a young person with autism and mental health issues.

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

Red Dreams


All in Youth Project


North East Autism Society

Little Sparks

Music Partnership North - Northumberland

Bedlington to Ashington Building Brass

Helix Arts

Off the Beat

Children North East - Musical Relationships

Children North East - Musical Relationships

The Customs House

Note Perfect


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

Sage Gateshead

Loud & Clear Early Years Move On Up

Sunderland Empire Theatre Trust

Sounds of Sunderland

King James I Academy

South West Durham Rock School

Generator North East

AAA / WeCreate / Switch

YMCA North Tyneside

Standing Upright

Integrating Children

Integrating Miracles

Skimstone Arts

Marvelous Music - Make a move

Durham Music Service

Durham and Darlington Early Years Music Project


East by North East 3

UCRE8 Community Arts

U Beat

Pre-School Learning Alliance

Growing through music in the coastal north

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust


Jack Drum Arts

Wear Making Music

Middlesbrough Council


Sage Gateshead

CoMusica Inclusion

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.