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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

Canterbury College

Music Masterclass Summer School

Southampton Music Service

M-Tech Project

Fusion - Oxford's Community Arts Agency


Martlets Music

Ready for School

YMCA DownsLink Group

Bush Craft Beats

Drum United

Drum United: Pass it on

The Urban Vocal Group

UVG Next Steps

Music Fusion

Music Lab



Winnall Rock School

Winnall Rock School Future


Carousel Music

SoCo Music Project

SoCo Music Project - Exchanging Notes

Skillnet Group CIC

Composed: Musicians Development Programme

The Nucleo Project

The Nucleo Project 0-6


The Lab

Cohesion Plus Kent

Community Beats

Crawley Community Youth Service Ltd

Crawley Sounds Project

Ark-T Centre


Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd.

Our Future City Early Years Music Programme

Music for Change

Musical Margate

Surrey Arts

Music making for displaced young people

Music Fusion

Mavericks 2

Breakout Youth

Breakout Music Project

East Sussex Targeted Youth Support (Hastings & St Leonards)

Make Waves

Oxford Contemporary Music

Music Matters


Rhythmix Wellbeing

Pie Factory Music

Thanet Emerging Artists Programme

Beat Routes

Fine Futures

Y Services for Young People

Y Services

Slade Nursery School

Using music to develop well-being in children and

SoCo Music Project

Future Sounds

Adolescent Services


Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd.

Our Future 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.