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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.

Lila’s story

13-year-old Lila had never even seen music production software before, let alone used it. Youth Network Milton Keynes helped her lose her shyness and develop new skills.

Kallel’s story

17-year-old Kallel has loved music for as long as she can remember. Developing her technical skills at songwriting sessions with the SWIPE project has helped her feel more confident and contented.

Siân’s story

At 15, Siân was going through a difficult time. A year earlier, she’d dropped out of school because she was being bullied. Her parents had just split up, and she was suffering from depression and anxiety. SoCo Music Project helped her to rebuild her confidence.


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


Urban Orchestra

Y Services for Young People

Y Music - Providing and Developing Music Opportunities and Talents to Children and Young People


Carousel Music

The Abingdon Music Centre Trust

Abingdon Music Centre @ The Net

Southampton Music Service

ID: M-Tech Project

West Sussex Music [on behalf of West Sussex Music Hub]

Accessible Music Making in West Sussex Special Schools

Ark-T Centre

My Normal

Fusion - Oxford's Community Arts Agency


Martlets Music

Ready for School

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 Programme

SoCo Music Project

SoCo Music Project - Exchanging Notes

Skillnet Group CIC

Composed: Musicians Development Programme

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.


The Lab

Cohesion Plus Kent

Community Beats

Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd.

Our Future City Early Years Music Programme

Breakout Youth

Breakout Music project

East Sussex Targeted Youth Support (Hastings & St Leonards)

Make Waves


Rhythmix Wellbeing

Beat Routes

Fine Futures

SoCo Music Project

Future Sounds

Adolescent Services


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.