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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 18-35, so many tend to leave for other parts of the country and further afield.

Helen’s story

Mum-of-two Helen had a tough childhood and then had to escape an abusive relationship. Since attending music-making sessions she’s grown in confidence and learned to laugh with her children again.

Alex’s story

Like many young people in long-term foster care, Alex, aged 16, struggled with anxiety and confidence. He’d been bullied and had few friends, and became angry easily. Singing in the Carefree Music Choir allowed him to “be who I really am”.

Joe’s story

Joe has Cerebral Palsy and doesn’t speak. A Youth Music project gave him a chance to make music in the way he wanted to, without his communication aid.

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

Bath Festivals

Building Bridges

Cornwall Music Service Trust

Open School Orchestras in Cornwall

Knowle West Media Centre

XLR the Collective - Bristol's Music Leadership Programme

B Sharp

B Sharp Programme 2015 - 2017


The HeartBeats All Stars Project.

Cymaz Music

Count Me In! - Making Music more Inclusive

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 Connections


South Weston Youth Ensemble Phase 2

Youth Enquiry Service


The Music Works

Music Minds

Plymouth Music Zone

Tuning into Transitions

Take Art Limited

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

Wren Music

Cranbrook Music Sessions

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

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

Bristol Plays Music

A New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence.

Cornwall Learning (Cornwall Council)

Bodmin Musical Inclusion and Progression project


CEDA Rhythms in Devon

Music and Dance Education Trust

The Big Sing, Little Sing


SOUND Records

Carefree Cornwall

Carefree Music Makers

CPM Sounds Ltd

Riverbank School of Rock

Redcliffe Children's Centre and Maintained Nursery School

Everyone a Musician

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.