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East Midlands

Huge congratulations to Kade, who took part in a project run by 2Funky Arts in Leicester. Earlier this year he made it all the way to the knockout rounds on The Voice UK, being mentored by and Olly Murs. Kade showed off his performance skills in the blind auditions – wowing the crowd (and all four coaches!) with his unique rendition of Otis Redding’s classic ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’.


We’ve been loving the supremely soulful debut EP from the Urban Flames vocal collective, who formed at a project run by Urban Development.

Here’s one of their original tracks, recorded with a live band at The Premises Studios in Hackney.

And while you listen, here are some fantastic pics from Live Music Now. They’re currently running a three-year training programme, supporting early-career professional musicians to develop specialist skills in making music with young disabled people.

East of England

Some brilliant live shots from this project run by The Garage. They’re providing a range of music-making, artist development and performance opportunities for young people across Norfolk, Suffolk, North Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – mostly rural areas where lots of young people might otherwise miss out on music-making.

And we also love these photos from the Songwriter workshop run by Hertfordshire Music Service – some serious concentration on display from these young composers!

Yorkshire and the Humber

The scenery’s beautiful, but rural isolation is an issue for young people living in sparsely-populated North Yorkshire. We’re supporting NYMAZ’s work to provide inclusive music-making opportunities across the area, with a particular focus on children aged under five, young disabled people and children from military families.

South East

Here’s the Portsmouth-based Urban Vocal Group with a storming version of ‘Can’t Hold Us’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. If you were lucky you might have seen them performing this one when they fundraised for Youth Music at London’s Victoria station during Give a Gig Week 2018 – big thanks to the group for their support!

Guess the song: ‘Take Me to the River’? ‘Smoke on the Water’? Anyone think of any better ones? We’re big fans of this floating gig staged by SWIPE for their All About Music project. They do great work with young people facing a range of challenges in some of the most economically deprived areas of Slough.

South West

From the river to the seaside, and more great pics – this time from B Sharp. Their music-making projects are creating valuable opportunities for young people across the largely rural areas of East Devon and West Dorset to develop musically, personally and socially.

North West

Beats, bars, hooks and immaculate production – this is a super-impressive debut video from the NoSpace Collective, who formed at the Media Drop 2.0 project run by Contact in Manchester. The project focuses on helping young people develop skills to get (back) into education, training or employment.

*PG language warning!

North East

Some really nice action shots from the drumming classes taking place at Corpus Christi Primary School in Middlesbrough as part of the musinc project. The participants, aged 9-11, have developed skills like identifying rhythms, following call and response commands, and understanding new musical terms – and worked towards a live drumming performance in front of their classmates.

West Midlands

Final stop: Sound Clash, run by Punch Records in Birmingham. The project united young people from culturally diverse and economically deprived areas across the city. The groups made music together using digital technology and live instruments, and worked towards a final performance at the Birmingham Mela music festival. Trap meets tabla – looks like amazing fun!

National projects

We support a number of projects that deliver music-making activities across several areas of the country, or work on a national level to break down barriers to music-making.

One example is the project run by CLIC Sargent for young musicians aged 16-24 who’ve had a cancer diagnosis. CLIC Sargent recently shared a touching story about Steven, from Peckham, who sadly passed away from cancer in September last year aged 20.

Steven was a very talented musician, and his family approached CLIC Sargent’s Music Programme to ask for help finishing a song which Steven had composed before he passed away. Listen below to a brilliant song and a beautiful tribute:

Little Simz onstage performing to large crowd

Project highlights: Autumn 2017

Check out the previous selection of pictures, videos and music from recent projects, up to and including autumn 2017.