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The North West is a large region which encompasses a great variety of circumstances. Cumbria is home to the second largest area of National Parks in England, the highest mountain (Scafell Pike) and the largest lake (Windemere). The north of the region experiences rural isolation, while Liverpool and Manchester and their outlying satellite areas see a great deal of urban deprivation. Many coastal areas are very deprived, including Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Morecambe and Blackpool.

Thirty nine percent of children in Manchester live in poverty. Manchester, Knowsley, Liverpool and Blackpool are all in the top 20 local authority districts with the highest proportions of children in income deprivation.

The North West has many workless households, especially Liverpool which has the highest percentage in the country at 30.3%. The region also has the highest number of looked after children (in care homes or foster care) in England.

Lydia’s story

Lydia has a rare brain disorder that means she can’t walk or talk. She’s had to spend a lot of her life so far in hospital. The Songbirds project has helped Lydia learn to communicate with her family through music.

Jordyn’s story

Jordyn is transgender, and had a really tough time in school. Things got so bad at one stage that they attempted to take their own life. But being part of a music project has transformed their confidence.

Joanna’s story

14-year-old Joanna wasn’t sure what to expect when she walked into a music studio for the first time. But after taking part in the Here Come the Grrrls project, she’s learned new skills and now feels confident about pursuing a potential career in music.

LYVE Lancaster

The Lancashire Youth Vocal Ensemble (LYVE) programme is run by More Music. It began in 2013 and gives young vocalists (aged 14-21) from across Lancashire the chance to perform together and develop their singing skills, whatever their background or previous experience.

Estate of Mind

This project gave young artists from some of Manchester’s most deprived areas the chance to record and release their own tracks, including this online collaboration with musicians from Nairobi.

The Haze

The Haze are one of several young bands who’ve benefited from The Noise Project. Run by Merseyside Youth Association, it offers free access to recording facilities, instruments and tuition for many young people who might not otherwise get the chance to make music.


The organisations we invest in across the North West region


Media Drop 2.0



Liverpool Lighthouse


Kendal Brewery Arts Centre

Early Music: Transitions

Merseyside Youth Association

Noise Project

The Beautiful Ideas Co CIC

Beautiful Music Collective

Blackburn with Darwen Music Education Hub

Soundtracks - Engaging young people in musical journeys

Gael Music

Culture Together Sounding Sense

Brighter Sound

A Deeper Note

Accent Warrington&Halton Music Education Hub

The Warrington Exchanging Notes Project




Young DaDaFest Ensemble

Merseyside Arts Foundation

Music Development Programme

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Young Music Leaders

Tandem Theatre


Alder Hey Children's Charity

Music as Medicine: Inspiring Children and Young People at Alder Hey Hospital

Love Music Trust

Life On Reshuffle



Astley Youth Band

Astley Youth Music

Get It Loud in Libraries

Get Into Libraries!

Community Arts North West (CAN)

Kamosi Roma-heritage Music-Making Programme 17/18

No Label Arts Community Interest Company

Lancashire Youth Mentors Rock!

Greater Manchester Youth Network


Feniscowles Primary School

Upbeat Project


Medical Notes - Music at the Heart of Life

Mr One Million

Music On Tick


Various Music Workshops

Platform MCR

The OT Music project @ Gorse Hill studios

The Boom Dang Foundation

Beat Route

Rising Stars NW CIC

In The Studio With (Plus Sector Toolkit)

Sound City Music Entrepreneur Training

Sound City Music Entrepreneur Training

Catalyst Performing Arts

Catalyst Chemistry of Music

St Gregory's RC Primary School

Inspiring Farnworth - songs, sounds and story tell

Creativity Works Preston

Music Works 4 all

Love Music Trust

Life On Stream

Music Action International

Harmonise & Everyday People

Brighter Sound

Both Sides Now



Global Grooves

Future Leaders


Cre8 Music

Accent Warrington&Halton Music Education Hub

Plugged In - Pull Together


Yan Tyan Tethera Methera

More Music

More Music in Lancashire

Brighter Sound

Fund C: Inclusion and Innovation

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.