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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

Chuckle Productions

A Sound Connection - Linked Up

Two Rivers High School

Next Level

Friction Arts

Multicultural Music Making Plus (MMM3+)

Through the Doorway to Healthy Living


Wolverhampton Music Education Hub

"Our Music": the development of Wolverhampton Music Education Hub musical inclusion strategy to provide specific provision for young people who face barriers to music-making and to grow the workforce in this area.

Birmingham Opera Company

16-25 Participation Programme

Thrive and Grow CIC

Singing our way to School

Aspire in Arts Ltd

Beats, Bars and Banter

Gospel Link 360

GL Academy

Base Studios

The Junction

City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Music & Ability

The Song Lab Limited

Positive Labels Birmingham

Ex Cathedra Ltd

Singing Medicine: Singing Medicine brings the special benefits of singing to children of all ages (0-18) in Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Quench Arts

Musical Wonderland Extension

Stoke-on-Trent City Music Service

Soundpots in the Baby Room

Music Media Production Services Ltd

Positive Labels Tamworth

Quench Arts


Birmingham Youth Offending Service

Music Changed My Life

Wild Earth

Nature Beats

Arts For Health NHS

Music for Health

Telford & Wrekin Music

North West Midlands Youth Music Partnership

mac birmingham

mac makes music

Positive Youth Foundation

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

Make Some Noise West Midlands Ltd

The New EnginEars

Aspire4u CIC

Arts4Lyfe - Getting young people (YP) ready for creative careers through music

The Music Pool

Livewire Lives

Aspire in Arts Ltd

Beats, Bars and Banter

Middleport Matters

The Players Academy

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.