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

The Midi Music Company

Instrumental and vocal music lessons for 5-16 year olds – adult courses such as music production, guitar, and voice workshops – rehearsal rooms, recording studio, multimedia room, and access to music production facilities. We host three music artist showcases and three music industry seminars per year.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation


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Three most commonly faced challenges

Economic deprivation, Special educational needs, 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, Technology, Training, Vocal, Youth leadership


 African, Caribbean, Contemporary classical, Dance electronic, East Asian, Folk, Garage, Gospel, Grime, Hip Hop, Indie grunge, Jazz & blues, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, Reggae, RnB, Roots, South American, Western Classical

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with The Midi Music Company are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with The Midi Music Company:

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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)