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The West Midlands is the second most populated region in England. It is the second most ethnically diverse part of the UK, after London, and is the second youngest region in the country, with 19.5% of its population under 16.

Urban areas face high levels of social deprivation and the situation is worsening: Birmingham’s proportion of neighbourhoods in the most deprived 10% nationally grew by 0.4% between 2010 and 2015. At 7%, Birmingham has one of the worst unemployment rates of all cities in the country.

The Black Country has high levels of social and cultural deprivation – Birmingham, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall all rank within the top 20 most deprived Local Authority districts in the country.

The region has the highest working-age population with no qualifications in England. It has the second highest levels of child poverty in the country, with 30% of children in the West Midlands living in low income households.

Beth and Jack’s story

Growing up in a military family has sometimes made life extra challenging for Beth and Jack. The Connect-Create project has helped them develop musical skills, make new friends and meet other young people in the same situation.

Young male vocalist performing on stage.

The Power of Music

The Power of Music is a project run by 7E Youth Academy in Birmingham, working with young people at risk of getting involved with gangs, or even being targeted as recruits by extremist groups.


SWITCH is a band made up of young musicians from the ‘mac makes music’ project in Birmingham. Watch this video for their song 'Switch on Your Happy Side'.


The organisations we invest in across the West Midlands region

High Oak Youth and Community Centre

The Beauty of Music

Aspire4u CIC


Make Some Noise West Midlands Ltd

The New EnginEars

Positive Youth Foundation

Changing Trax - Promoting 'Musical Inclusion' through targeted provision.

Arts For Health NHS

Music for Health

Wild Earth

Nature Beats

Birmingham Youth Offending Service

Music Changed My Life

The OHMI Trust

The OHMI Music- Makers Teaching Programme

Quench Arts


Music Media Production Services Ltd

Music Production

Stoke-on-Trent City Music Service

Soundpots in the Baby Room

Quench Arts

Musical Wonderland

Ex Cathedra Ltd

Singing Medicine

The Song Lab Limited

Positive Labels Birmingham

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

CBSO: Music & Ability

Base Studios

The Junction

Gospel Link 360

GL Academy

Aspire in Arts Ltd

Beats, Bars and Banter

Blue Whale Training Ltd

Music Beyond Boundaries

Thrive and Grow CIC

Singing our way to School

Services For Education


Birmingham Opera Company

Singing & Performing for 16-25-year-olds

Oswestry Community Action

Wizards of Os(westry)

Wolverhampton Music Education Hub

Our Music

Through the Doorway to Healthy Living


Friction Arts

MMM3 (Multicultural Music Making)

Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust - Head Office

The Birchfield Youth Ensemble

Two Rivers High School

Next Level

Carers Trust 4all

Arts 4all

Media Mania

Bring the Noise

Chuckle Productions

A Sound Connection: Linked-Up

7E Youth Academy Ltd

360 Degrees

mac birmingham

MAC Makes 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.