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


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.

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


Three most commonly faced challenges

Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), Attends Pupil Referral Unit, Excluded from school

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, Instrument-making, Mentoring, Performance, Technology, Training, Vocal, Youth leadership


African, Beatboxing, Contemporary classical, Country, Dance electronic, Folk, Garage, Gospel, Grime, Hip Hop, Indie grunge, Jazz & blues, Opera, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, Reggae, RnB, Roots, Western Classical, Other non-Western

Participants Recruited From

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

Participants Referred To

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

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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)