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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.

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.

Kim’s story

When Kim was 12 years old she was painfully shy. So when the opportunity to make music arose, at first she was reluctant to get involved. A dynamic drumming project won her over.

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

WIRED Young Carers

Wired For Sound!


Music for Health at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH): Medical Notes and Songbirds projects


Create Boltones

Zion Arts Centre

Allsorts (Essentials and Unplugged)

The Boom Dang Foundation

And The Beat Goes On 2

The Families and Friends of the Oldham Music Centre

Musical Beginnings

Westmorland Music Council - MusicLinks


Mid Pennine Arts

The Family Songbook


Media Drop 2.0


Young DaDa Ensemble: bringing together young disabled and deaf musicans

BlueJam Arts


Accent Warrington&Halton Music Education Hub

Warrington, Halton, Cheshire West and Chester and Wirral Music Development Programme - Plugged In

Resource Creatives

Rewrite your Story

Blackburn with Darwen Music Education Hub

Soundtracks - Engaging young people in musical journeys

TMP Studios CIC (trading as The Music Projects)

Music Everywhere - Taking it Higher



Brighter Sound

Brighter Sound: Youth Music Strategic Partnership - Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Merseyside

More Music

More Music in Lancashire and the rest of the World - an integrated programme of inclusive music making and performance

Liverpool Lighthouse


Kendal Brewery Arts Centre

Early Years: Transitions

The Beautiful Ideas Co CIC

Beautiful Music Collective

Merseyside Youth Association

The Noise Project

Envision Education and Enterprise Village CIC

Music for All

Gael Music

Culture Together Sounding Sense

Tandem Theatre


Accent Warrington&Halton Music Education Hub

The Warrington Exchanging Notes Project

Brighter Sound

A Deeper Note


Allsorts: Harmonise


Young DaDaFest Ensemble

Merseyside Arts Foundation

Music Development Programme

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

EnChord Music Leaders School Tour

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 in Music

Community Arts North West (CAN)

Community Arts North West Kamosi Roma-heritage Music-making programme 2017-18

Feniscowles Primary School

Upbeat Project


Medical Notes - Music at the Heart of Life

Mr One Million

Music on Tick

Rising Stars NW CIC

In The Studio With (Plus Sector Toolkit)

St Gregory's RC Primary School

Inspiring Farnworth - Sound, Songs and Storytelling

Creativity Works Preston

Music Works 4 all

Love Music Trust

Life On Stream

Music Action International

Harmonise and Everyday People

Brighter Sound

Both Sides Now


Cre8 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.