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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

Jack Drum Arts

Wear Making Music

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

INSPIRE: INspiring through Song writing, Performance, moving Image, building Relationships, and Enjoyment

Pre-School Learning Alliance

Growing Through Music in the Coastal North

UCRE8 Community Arts

U Beat


East by North East 3

Skimstone Arts

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

Integrating Children

Integrating Miracles (IM)

King James I Academy

South West Durham Rock School

YMCA North Tyneside

Standing Upright

Generator North East

AAA / WeCreate / Switch

New Writing North

Songwriting in Tyne and Wear

Hartlepool Borough Council

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

Middlesbrough Council



"Someone who believes in you"

The Customs House

Note Perfect

Children North East - Musical Relationships

Musical Relationships

Music Partnership North - Northumberland

Bedlington to Ashington Building Brass

North East Autism Society

Little Sparks

Helix Arts

Off the Beat

Sage Gateshead

CoMusica Inclusion

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

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

All in Youth Project


Beamish Museum

Beats & Pieces

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.