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The South East has the highest number of children and young people of any region in England, as well as the second-highest income and wealth inequality (after London).

A child growing up in Guildford or Royal Tunbridge Wells is likely to have very different life chances than a child growing up in areas of coastal deprivation such as Dover, Hastings, or Thanet, or in areas of urban deprivation such as Portsmouth or Southampton.

The region has a large population of refugees and asylum seekers, and Kent in particular has seen an increase in the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the past year.

Ashley’s story

As part of Youth Music’s Exchanging Notes programme, 17-year-old Ashley has taken part in one-to-one music-making sessions at school. He’s developed his ability to express himself and amazed teachers with his progress.

Nate’s story

Nate first attended a Youth Music project aged 15. Now aged 23, he earns his living from performing and vocal coaching – and he’s sung live on both the X Factor and Eurovision.


Written and recorded by young musicians Livvy and Faye as part of Urban Vocal Group's songwriting course in Portsmouth.

Madd Macc

Josh (aka Madd Macc) is a rapper, songwriter and singer who came through the Music Fusion project in Havant. Watch Madd Macc perform some bars and talk about how music has helped to change his life.

Littlehampton Sounds

The two-year project helped 160 young people improve their musical skills and connect with their local community. The young participants organised, promoted and managed an end-of-project celebration event headlined by UK grime artist Eyez.


The organisations we invest in across the South East region

Adolescent Services


SoCo Music Project

Future Sounds

Y Services for Young People

Y Music

Beat Routes



Rhythmix Wellbeing

East Sussex Targeted Youth Support (Hastings & St Leonards)

Make Waves

Breakout Youth

Breakout Music project

Music for Change

Musical Margate

Surrey Arts

Supporting newly arrived and vulnerable young people through music

Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd.

Our Future City Early Years Music Programme

Ark-T Centre

My Normal: Music Against Prejudice (MAP)

Crawley Community Youth Service Ltd

The Crawley Sounds Project

Cohesion Plus Kent

Community Beats


The Lab

The Nucleo Project

Nucleo 0-6: a project to extend and develop The Nucleo Project's early years programme and give young children and parents in one of the most disadvantaged communities in London a chance to take part in high-quality music making.

Skillnet Group CIC

Composed: Musicians Development Programme

SoCo Music Project

SoCo Music Project - Exchanging Notes


Carousel Music Programme

Winnall Rock School

Winnall Rock School Future



Music Fusion

Music Lab

The Urban Vocal Group

UVG Next Steps

Drum United

Drum United: Pass it on

YMCA DownsLink Group

Bush Craft Beats

Martlets Music

Ready for School

Fusion - Oxford's Community Arts Agency


Ark-T Centre

My Normal

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.