You are here: Yorkshire and the Humber

Yorkshire is the largest county in England, large enough to cover almost the whole of the region, which also includes parts of North and North East Lincolnshire.

Hull is hosting the European City of Culture 2017, and the two largest cities of Leeds and Sheffield are home to a diverse range of art and culture, but the distribution of cultural resources across the region is uneven.

Due in part to their poor transport links, the sparsely-populated areas of North Yorkshire experience rural isolation. The county is home to a number of declining coastal towns and cities seeing the impact of industrial decline. Many urban areas, such as Leeds, Hull and Bradford, have high levels of social deprivation.

The Yorkshire and Humber region has high levels of unemployment: Bradford has an unemployment rate of 8.2% and Hull 8.6%. In 2013, 34% of children in Hull were living in poverty. The region also has the third highest proportion of 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the country at 13%.

Mike’s story

Mike used to have trouble controlling his behaviour. A music-making project run by the Castaway Music Theatre has helped him settle and discover his talent on the bass guitar.

Going Off On One!

A rap metal track recorded by musicians from the Hip Hop Shake Up workshops in York, part of Tang Hall SMART CIC's provision for young people with learning disabilities.

Participants had fun learning Deftones-inspired guitar riffs, playing the drum in military style, rehearsing screamo vocals, discussing what made them angry, and working on their own lyrics and flow.

Our Day

The Our Day music project, run by My Pockets in Hull, brought together a diverse crowd of young people facing a variety of challenging circumstances to create nine songs describing one day in their lives.


The organisations we invest in across the Yorkshire and the Humber region

Hull Music Service

Freedom, music and inclusion for Hull 2017

My Pockets People CIC

Growth Spurt

Heads Together Productions Limited

Next Generation Music

City Arts Unit, Hull City Council

The Colours of Music Orchestra

Scarborough YMCA

Loud and Proud

Clayton Village Primary School

CVP Moving On Up Music Project


e:muse - accessible music for young people

National Centre for Early Music - Music4U


Yorkshire Youth & Music

Great Singing, Great Signing

YMCA White Rose

Music Matters


Self Expression

All Star Entertainments

Northern Star YP's Music Development Programme

Bradford District PRU

District B Music Development Project: Moving On

Castaway Music Theatre

Castaway Sloop Group

Door 84

Upfaders V3: a modern musical community/network/resource, support service and training re-entry pathway for the most disadvantaged young people in York.

Goodwin Development Trust

HUH! Hull Young People's Music Programme

DJ School UK

DJ School UK - Youth Progression Routes

North Lincolnshire Council Arts Development

North Lincolnshire Music Futures

St Michael's Youth Project

Urban Poets Society

Artfelt, The Children's Hospital Charity

Live Music Sessions with Brightside Music at TCHC

Small World Cultural Arts Collective

Baby Music

Accessible Arts & Media Limited or AAM

IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects)

Humber Taiko

North Lincolnshire Taiko

Armthorpe Shaw Wood Academy

Resilience through Music and Song

Mind the Gap

MTG Academy: Youth Music Programme

Sharrow Nursery Infant and Junior Schoo

Global Songs Project

Skipton Extended Learning For All (SELFA)

SELFA Sounds

darts (Doncaster Community Arts)

We Speak Music

Square Chapel Trust

Orange Box Rock School

BHT Early Education and Training

Music, movers and shakers

Yorkshire Youth & Music

Yorkshire Music Tracks

Higher Rhythm Ltd

Higher Rhythm

National Centre for Early Music - Music4U



Play It Loud

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.