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

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


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


Three most commonly faced challenges

Mental health problems, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), Young offender

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • 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
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, DJ/MC, Improvisation, Instrumental tuition, Mentoring, Music and movement, Performance, Research, Technology, Training, Vocal


African, Beatboxing, Caribbean, Contemporary classical, Dance electronic, Folk, Garage, Gospel, Grime, Hip Hop, Indie grunge, Jazz & blues, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, Reggae, RnB, Roots

What would be the most positive outcome for this project for you and your organisation?

“Creation of a pathway to long term, sustainable, consistent, accessible, supportive, relevant, authentic, non-discriminatory, high quality mainstream opportunities.”

– Peter Leigh, General Manager of Key Changes

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Key Changes are recruited from:

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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)