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Each year more than 350 Youth Music projects are happening across England. That’s around 75,000 children and young people regularly making music.

We invest in music-making projects where they’re really needed. Bringing opportunities for children to learn a new musical genre in a town where not much happens. Supporting a ground-breaking initiative in a deprived part of a city. Responding to difficult challenges like young people at risk of radicalisation.

Communities divided by prejudice or gangs can be brought together to perform. Writing lyrics can enable a bereaved teenager to express their grief. Making hip-hop beats can help a kid understand maths in a way they never grasped at school.

Being young can be hard. And we know that troubles don’t end the moment you hit 18. That’s why we work with children and young people from the moment they’re born right up until the age of 25.

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.

Young woman playing guitar and singing

We do things differently

We believe in practical, creative music-making of every possible style and technique. Beatboxing and bhangra, grime and grindcore, classical and contemporary.

Everyone has the ability to make music. They just need support and guidance to discover what works best for them.

Group of young people on stage singing

Musical inclusion

Our vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music, whatever their background or circumstances. In order to achieve this, we're working collaboratively to transform music education in England.

Little Simz onstage performing to large crowd

Project highlights

We regularly get sent brilliant pictures, videos and music from the projects we fund. What better way of celebrating young people’s music-making than sharing it with everyone? Here are some highlights from recent projects, up to and including autumn 2017.