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The South West is largest English region in terms of area, spanning from Gloucestershire in the north to Cornwall at the southern point. It also has the longest coastline in the country.

Rural isolation is prevalent, with more people living in villages, hamlets and isolated dwellings than in any other English region. There are few opportunities for young people, especially between the ages of 18-25, so many tend to leave for other parts of the country and further afield.

Louis’s story

Louis is a skilled guitarist, pianist, drummer and singer. When he started at Plymouth Music Zone he was struggling with severe anxiety and was unable to speak to anyone. Making music has helped him find his voice.

OpenUp Music

Bristol-based OpenUp Music has helped to transform music-making for young disabled people nationwide with its ‘Open Orchestras’ programme.

Music Minds

Listen to this amazing track written and performed by Shanae and Jasmine from the ‘Music Minds’ project. Run by The Music Works in Gloucestershire, Music Minds takes a music-led approach to reducing mental health issues in teenagers. Video: Barney Witts, Fluxx Films

B Sharp

Dean started out by taking part in a project run by B Sharp, who offer music making opportunities for children and young people across East Devon and West Dorset. He’s now developed into a music leader, sharing what he’s learned with other young people.

Music at The Edge

Young people from the Music at The Edge project, run by Brixham Youth Enquiry Service in Devon, have recorded a brilliant cover version of the song ‘Banjo’ (originally performed by country music group Rascal Flatts).


The organisations we invest in across the South West region

The Music Works

Move, Groove, Improve - Using music to accelerate communication and learning in early years settings

West Exe Children Centre and Nursery School

West Exe Sound Connection

Youth Enquiry Service

Music At The Edge

Bath Festivals

Building Bridges

Take Art Limited

Soundwaves Extra - An Early Years Music Learning Network for the Southwest

WILD Young Parents' Project

Music Makes Me Happy - Transformative Music-Making for Young Parents and their Young Children

Take Art Limited

My Tunes 3

Princetown Pavilion Youth Club

Princetown Moor Music


Soundwaves in action: musical inclusion in practice in Devon and Torbay

The Amber Foundation

AMP - Amber Music Project

Somerset Rural Youth Project

The Rural Music Network

The Music Works

Music Minds

Cornwall Learning (Cornwall Council)

Bodmin Musical Inclusion and Progression project

CPM Sounds Ltd

Riverbank School Of Rock


Cudjack Music

Wren Music

Cranbrook Music sessions


CEDA Rhythms in Devon

B Sharp

B Sharp 2018

Music and Dance Education Trust

The Big Sing, Little Sing

Redcliffe Children's Centre and Maintained Nursery School

Everyone a Musician

The Music Works

Music Minds

The Arts Development Service CIC

Babigloo Music for Babies


SOUND Records

The Turning Tides Project

The Turning Tides Project: Equal Access to Music

Knowle West Media Centre

XLR Blueprint

Trinity Community Arts

Making Tracks

Plymouth Music Zone

PMZ Breakthrough Music

Collaborative Schools Ltd

CSL Musical Nurture Programme

Carefree Cornwall

Carefree Music Makers

Somerset Rural Youth Project

Rural Music Network Young Carers Project

Awards for Young Musicians

Furthering Talent and Practical Progression

Bristol Music Trust

The National Centre for Inclusive Excellence



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.