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

School Ground Sounds

School Ground Sounds (SGS) works with secondary schools and young people in lower-income areas of London to provide additional music opportunities and to enhance their music education. Our programme includes recording studio experience, one-to-one mentoring with industry professionals, a six-week industry crash course, competitions, live performance opportunities and the showcasing of talent online.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation


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Three most commonly faced challenges

Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET); Economic deprivation; Special educational needs

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, Mentoring, Performance, Training, Vocal, Youth leadership, Recording studio experience


African, Folk, Grime, Hip Hop, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, RnB

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with School Ground Sounds are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with School Ground Sounds:

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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)