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

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


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


Three most commonly faced challenges

English as a second language

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Training, Performance, Mentoring, Instrumental tuition, Improvisation, Composition/songwriting


Western Classical

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Royal College of Music are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Royal College of Music:

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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)