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

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


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Proportion of the young musicians who face aspects from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation


Three most commonly faced challenges

Economic deprivation, Special educational needs, Excluded from school

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Barking and Dagenham, Hammersmith and Fulham, Newham, Tower Hamlets
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Youth leadership, Untuned percussion, Training, Performance, Music and movement, Improvisation, Composition/songwriting


South American, RnB, Reggae, Rap MC, Hip Hop, Grime, Garage, Folk, Dance electronic, Caribbean, African

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Drum Works are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Drum Works:

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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: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)