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

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


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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), Economic deprivation

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Wandsworth
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, DJ/MC, Improvisation, Instrumental tuition, Mentoring, Performance, Technology, Training, Vocal, Youth leadership


Country, Dance electronic, Folk, Garage, Gospel, Grime, Hip Hop, Indie grunge, Jazz & blues, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, Reggae, RnB, Roots

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Raw Material are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Raw Material:

Young Researcher Case Study - Shakira

Shakira presents two progression case studies – the first tells the story of John, a Raw Sounds participant. The second is Shakira’s own journey.

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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)