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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Organisations

We surveyed over 60 organisations supporting more than 10,000 young musicians across the capital.

Club Soda

We are an organisation that supports people with learning disabilities to get involved in the arts. Our activities are for young people and adults. We provide opportunities in music, DJing, acting, filmmaking, art, radio photography and more. We also run some of London’s most popular integrated live events.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory arts organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Ham Youth Centre

Ham In Session is our music project for young people where they can come along and learn DJing, electric guitar, drumming, studio recording, beat making and loads more. The studio is open 4 times a week, get in touch to book your slot.

  • Organisation Type: Youth club / club
  • Boroughs: Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames

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School Ground Sounds

School Ground Sounds (SGS) works with secondary schools and young people in lower-income areas of London to provide additional music opportunities and to enhance their music education. Our programme includes recording studio experience, one-to-one mentoring with industry professionals, a six-week industry crash course, competitions, live performance opportunities and the showcasing of talent online.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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CM

Diverse programme of instrumental tuition, band support opportunities, degree provision and music leader training, alongside NEET-focused music programmes and live events.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Lister Community School

Extra-curricular opportunities for our students and young people from the local community, and in particular, cross-phase ensembles bringing together students aged 8 – 16.

  • Organisation Type: School / special school / Pupil Referral Unit
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Newham

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Centre for Young Musicians

Since its founding in 1970, the Centre for Young Musicians has provided high quality progressive music training for thousands of talented children from all of London’s boroughs and beyond. The Centre is based at Morley College, close to Waterloo and the South Bank. More than 420 young musicians aged 8 to 18 attend the Saturday Centre for 32 weeks of the school year, each following an individual programme of study across a range of genres from classical to jazz, gamelan, folk and music theatre. Many also create their own music and songs. Still more children benefit from CYM Holiday Courses– ranging from Junior and Intermediate Courses (up to Grade 6 level) to the highly regarded London School’s Symphony Orchestra and the London Youth Wind Band.

  • Organisation Type: Youth ensemble / orchestra / choir
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Southwark Music Service

Southwark Music Service aims to enrich the lives of all Southwark children and young people by making the learning of music dynamic, energetic, varied and fun. We are are proud to be working with our partners in the Southwark Music Hub to maximise the many diverse musical opportunities for those living and learning in Southwark.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark

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Abbey Manor College

Abbey Manor College is the Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) for Lewisham Borough. In the music course we cover Level 2 BTEC in Music and Bronze and Silver Arts Awards. Students study a range of musical activities including technology, performance and composition. Students also sit two exams- Music and Production Analysis and The Music Industry.

  • Organisation Type: School / special school / Pupil Referral Unit
  • Boroughs: Lewisham

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Drake Music

We are leaders in music, disability and technology. We believe everyone has the right to express themselves creatively through music and we use innovative technologies and ideas to open up access to music for all. Our aim is to increase participation in music-making at all levels and to break down disabling barriers using technology. Our vision is a world where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

  • Organisation Type: National umbrella / music development organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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THAMES

Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES) is the lead organisation for the Music Education Hub in both Tower Hamlets and The City of London. Working closely with all schools, we provide regular quality music and arts education opportunities for all children and young people in both Tower Hamlets and the City. We also work in partnership with local and national Arts organisations to offer our schools the best opportunities for enhancing their curriculum work.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Tower Hamlets

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Ark

The Ark Music Programme is designed to build lifelong love of a variety of musics for all pupils in Ark schools. The Programme provides a progressive curriculum from Reception to A-level; a vocally-driven Primary Programme which broadens to whole class instrumental work; GCSE support; Gifted and Talented network ensembles; initial teacher training; and performance and showcasing opportunities.

  • Organisation Type: Academy network
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Haringey Shed

Inclusive arts organisation providing after school and holiday activities for young people ages 7-16, including theatre, band, dance and choir.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory arts organisation
  • Boroughs: Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest

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Acts 29

Acts 29 is a community arts organisation which works closely with secondary schools, local authorities and local music hubs to deliver our mission; to empower young people to realise their purpose and mobilise their potential through music and youth work.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory arts organisation
  • Boroughs: Ealing, Hillingdon

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StreetVibes Youth

StreetVibes offers music and media-based education, training and skills support for young people aged 11-19 years old.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark

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Good Vibrations

We run week-long courses where groups of 20 people learn to play a gamelan orchestra from scratch. They compose, conduct, improvise, put on a concert and produce a CD. The course develops life and work skills linked to desistance from crime. We work with offenders, people experiencing mental illness and other vulnerable members of the community.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Drum Works

Drum Works is an organisation committed to empowering social change through Drumming. We use fast, high energy processes to engage young people, allowing us to then move on to more advanced and focused development in different areas.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Hammersmith and Fulham, Newham, Tower Hamlets

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Heart n Soul

Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company. We believe in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities. We provide creative spaces for disabled and non-disabled artists and participants to come together and develop and share their ideas. Creative sessions, including music, take place once a month on a Saturday for young people aged 10-25 with learning disabilities.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory arts organisation
  • Boroughs: Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Greenwich, Islington, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets

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Roundhouse

The Roundhouse Trust is a registered charity with an objective to provide ‘space to create’ for 11 to 25 year olds. We offer an open access programme of projects for young creatives including a full complement of music, performing arts and media projects. We have a particular focus on those young people who have been excluded, marginalised or disadvantaged by society and work to enable them to find pathways back into education, work or simply to enjoy a wider cultural life. We produce the flagship annual Roundhouse Rising Festival of emerging and new music.

  • Organisation Type: Venue
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Wired4Music

Wired4Music, hosted by Sound Connections, is a unique leadership programme for young Londoners who are passionate about music. We give young music-minded people from across the city the opportunity to create their own projects and events, develop their skills and influence music through consultation, market research and advocacy. For example taking part in The Big Music Project, designed to offer experience in mixing, recording, setting up equipment and putting young people in contact with industry professionals.

  • Organisation Type: Social enterprise
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Kinetika Bloco

Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young musicians creating a “unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge”. Our mission is to get young people from South London engaged in long term creative activity advancing their education, skills, and capacity.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Raw Material

Raw Sounds is a programme of music and creative media sessions for people with mental health needs, open to young people and adults between the ages of 16-65 accessing mental health services.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory arts organisation
  • Boroughs: Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Wandsworth

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Our learning programme focuses on encouraging and boosting orchestral playing. We work with Newham, Islington, Lambeth and Slough Music Education Hubs as well as London-based youth orchestras NOFA and Hackney Youth Orchestra to provide a range of opportunities including creative ensemble holiday projects (based Islington and Newham but open to all), interactive performances and creative workshops in schools (Islington and Newham), and family concerts (Islington). We provide open rehearsal opportunities to students and young musicians across London. We also have professional development partnerships with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Southbank Sinfonia, which includes coaching workshops and opportunities to development leadership skills through assisting our learning projects.

  • Organisation Type: Higher Education institution
  • Boroughs: Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Newham

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Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning aims to provide a range of arts projects to people of all ages, covering a diverse range of styles, genres and disciplines including music making opportunities.

  • Organisation Type: Cultural organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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CRISP / Creative Croydon

Short-term project focusing on creative accessible music-making. Expression and collaboration focused, ‘in the moment’ music-making.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Croydon, Sutton

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Creative Futures (UK) Ltd

Creative Futures is a multi-arts charity which transforms the lives of disadvantaged children and young people through creative projects which raise aspiration, achievement and self confidence. We work in Early Years, Primary, SEN and with Looked After Children.

  • Organisation Type: Social enterprise
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Hounslow, Islington, Newham, Wandsworth, Westminster

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London Sinfonietta

We mainly provide the KX Collective, which brings together young people from Kings Cross and its surrounding areas. Participants work in collaboration with a composer and London Sinfonietta players to experiment and be creative with music making. The project and its finished product are entirely participant-led.

  • Organisation Type: Orchestra
  • Boroughs: Camden, Islington

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BEAT

Barnet Education Arts Trust absolutely loves to make music! Whether you are a young classical, jazz or rock musician we have bands and groups at our three music centres (located in East Barnet, Finchley and Hendon). If you sing we have choirs, and if you are a teacher we have training opportunities and advice. We can hire out orchestral instruments if you are having lessons through us with one of our 170 qualified and CRB checked fabulous teachers. We stage concerts regularly and every Summer organise a seven night festival at the Arts Depot for all our schools. Look out for our partnership work with seven other North and West London music hubs (Music8London).

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Barnet

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Music In Detention

MID runs participatory music activities with immigration detainees and excluded groups living nearby. They share thoughts and emotions, learn musical skills and create arresting music of raw power. They make their voices heard and learn from each other’s life experience. This work builds resilience, confidence, and informed attitudes about immigration.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Hillingdon, Hounslow

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Kingston Music Service

Kingston Music Service (KMS) is the lead organisation for the Kingston Music Education Hub which is funded by Arts Council England. The service provides instrumental and vocal music lessons to young people in Kingston’s schools and music centres. The services we provide enrich the lives of young people in the borough by offering opportunities to become actively involved in a wide variety of music activities, including workshops, musical ensembles and masterclasses.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Kingston upon Thames

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Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national organisation for new music. We work with composers of all ages and stages of their development and provide practical support and activities for young composers and creative musicians as well as their teachers and music leaders.

  • Organisation Type: National umbrella / music development organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Brent Music Service

Brent Music Service (BMS) is proud to have introduced the fun and challenges of music to over 90,000 young people in the last 16 years. BMS provides instrumental and vocal tuition throughout most schools in the London borough of Brent, as well as a primary school music programme called Music’sCool. Brent Music Service also runs evening centres offering a wide range of instrumental ensembles and choirs to support the on-going development of its young musicians from as early as Year 3 up to aged 19. Brent Music Service is also the lead partner of the Brent Music Education Hub, and is fully committed to its musical development programmes and joint projects with its local and national partners.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Brent

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English Folk Dance and Song Society

EFDSS offer folk music and dance holiday courses for children and young people at Cecil Sharp House, run the London Youth Folk Ensemble, and deliver folk music projects and Continuing Professional Development in schools, music hubs and other settings across London and the UK.

  • Organisation Type: Cultural organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Soundmix

Soundmix provides regular music-making sessions to young refugees and asylum seekers who are separated from their families. We use guitars, keyboards and percussion to develop existing talents and teach new skills with a focus on performance and composition.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Croydon, Newham

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Lewisham Music Service

Music is an important part of children and young people’s learning. Every week we have over 5,000 young people in attendance throughout the borough and beyond. Instrumental and vocal lessons are provided in most of the borough’s schools as well as a wide range of lessons, bands and choirs and ensembles of all shapes and sizes in after school centres and the Saturday music centre. Lewisham Music Service is the lead partner in the Lewisham Music Hub, a new network of local and regional music organisations supporting music learning in and out of school across the borough and beyond for young people aged 5 to 18.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark

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Haringey Music Service

Haringey Music Service is lead partner in Haringey Music Education Hub and provides instruments all/vocal tuition in local schools supplemented by “Haringey Young Musicians”, a thriving cross-borough ensembles programme.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Brent, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Waltham Forest

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City University London

We offer a diverse range of activities and opportunities for students within our Degree Courses in Music: BMus, MA, DMA and PhD.

  • Organisation Type: Higher Education institution
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Royal College of Music

RCM Sparks is the Royal College of Music’s Learning and Participation programme. It provides opportunities for everyone to make or learn about music at the RCM. In 2013-14 RCM Sparks has ignited creativity in over 4000 members of the local schools and community and trained over 165 RCM students and graduates. Sparks workshops aim to offer inspirational learning experiences for all regardless of circumstances or financial means. Therefore, free places are on offer for children who are eligible (whether claimed or not) for free school meals and their families, ‘looked-after’ children i.e. children looked by the local authority or in foster care and their families, children who live in social housing and their families, or families who are eligible for housing benefit.

  • Organisation Type: Higher Education institution
  • Boroughs: Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster

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Everyone’s Climbing Tree

ECT specialises in offering group music activity (primarily West African Percussion) to marginalized teenagers in the Youth Justice System Haringey.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Haringey

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London Youth Choir

We run five Choirs for young people aged 8-21 from all 33 London Boroughs, including Boys’ 8-12; Girls’ 8-12; Training Choir 12-15; Youth Choir 15-21; Chamber Choir 18-21. We run a workshop roadshow across all 33 boroughs to promote quality singing. Our Young Leadership programme is in place with 10 aspiring vocal/choral leaders.

  • Organisation Type: Youth ensemble / orchestra / choir
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Ignite Trust

Ignite Trust’s purpose is to work with at risk and vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through positive activities such as dance, after school clubs and specialist activities for particular groups (such as young parents) that lead to lasting change. They run open sessions for young people (aged 13-19), Arts Award courses (music), and open mic nights for young people (13-19).

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Harrow

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Southbank Sinfonia

Side-by-side orchestral mentoring schemes, free schools’ concerts for KS2, passenger seats performance opportunities and in-school composition workshops culminating in performances.

  • Organisation Type: Orchestra
  • Boroughs: Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark

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The Midi Music Company

Instrumental and vocal music lessons for 5-16 year olds – adult courses such as music production, guitar, and voice workshops – rehearsal rooms, recording studio, multimedia room, and access to music production facilities. We host three music artist showcases and three music industry seminars per year.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Tomorrow’s Warriors

Tomorrow’s Warriors is a leading music education/professional development organisation and award-winning creative producer working nationally and internationally with some of the most exciting, most diverse new, emerging and established jazz artists in the UK, with a special focus on those from the African diaspora and girls.

  • Organisation Type: Youth ensemble / orchestra / choir
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Mytime Active – ArtsTrain

ArtsTrain is a creative music project providing support for young people and music leaders to take the next steps in their musical and personal development.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Bexley, Bromley

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Irene Taylor Trust

Making Tracks consists of a 5 day intensive project followed by a series of weekly music sessions. During the intensive week, participants form a band alongside a team of professional musicians. They create, rehearse, record and perform new music. The follow-on sessions allow participants to continue developing their skills.

  • Organisation Type: National umbrella / music development organisation
  • Boroughs: Lambeth

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KimNara Music

Social music workshops that include song writing, live band music making and interactive performance for those with autism and related learning difficulties.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Hackney

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Animate Orchestra

Animate Orchestra is a Young Person’s Orchestra for the 21st Century. Young people create their own new music inspired by existing orchestral repertoire and influenced by their own tastes and styles. Activities include holiday courses, high profile performance opportunities, 1 day projects and membership to our Backstage scheme giving young people ticket offers and other opportunities across London.

  • Organisation Type: Youth ensemble / orchestra / choir
  • Boroughs: Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark

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Key Changes

We provide music engagement and recovery services in hospitals and the community for young people and adults experiencing mental health problems.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Royal National Institute of Blind People

Support for the music making of blind and partially sighted people

  • Organisation Type: National umbrella / music development organisation
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Grand Union Orchestra

The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra, London’s pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12 – 26 who wish to explore the world’s major musical cultures, and offers them a wonderful range of artistic opportunities

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Enfield, Hackney, Harrow, Havering, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman Museum and Gardens in South East London has been open since the Victorian era, when the tea trader and philanthropist, Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to the local community. Since then, our collection has grown significantly and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium and natural history gallery – all surrounded by 16 acres of beautiful Gardens offering breathtaking views across London.

  • Organisation Type: Museum
  • Boroughs: Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark

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The DJ & MC Academy

We provide workshops in the a art of music. From songwriting and structures to music production and DJ’ing. We also have DJ vans which we take out to open spaces and estates. We write Btecs for colleges and take on a variety of volunteers and work experience placements. We have a state of the art studio and run a record label where we develop talent from indie to urban music.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation
  • Boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Islington

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Isledon Arts CIC

Through Isledon Arts CIC we manage two youth hubs in Islington. Platform is a stunning new arts centre in the old Hornsey Road Baths near Finsbury Park. Lift is a healthy living hub near Angel, complete with gym, dance studio and numerous multi-use rooms. Lift Kitchen provides an in-house service for cafes at the hubs and also outside catering at local events.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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London Symphony Orchestra (Discovery department)

We provide a range of activities for children and young people including: early years workshops; hospital visits; workshops and performances for schools and families; projects with SEND schools; youth choirs; digital technology workshops for teenagers; coaching for young musicians; and tailored courses for new generations of composers and performing artists.

  • Organisation Type: Orchestra
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, City of London, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Islington, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest

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Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens is a theatre company that works with people who are homeless, have been or are at risk of homelessness. We produce touring theatre and run a workshop programme for members, including ACT NOW our young people’s programme. We deliver qualifications and provide Information, Advice and Guidance support for members.

  • Organisation Type: Theatre / performing arts company
  • Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster

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Soundcastle

We initiate and run creative music-making projects for young people and families in community settings. These are accessible for all ages and ability levels, and can include Arts Award provision. We also offer training and consultancy in creative music faciliation for practitioners and organisations.

  • Organisation Type: Social enterprise
  • Boroughs: Camden, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets

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Fairbeats!

Fairbeats! provides inclusive music sessions at refugee community organisations in London. These creative sessions singing, song writing; ukulele and fife instrumental sessions and band.

  • Boroughs: Bromley, Greenwich, Kingston upon Thames, Lewisham, Southwark

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: Gov.uk - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)