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


Wired4Music, hosted by Sound Connections, is a unique leadership programme for young Londoners who are passionate about music. We give young music-minded people from across the city the opportunity to create their own projects and events, develop their skills and influence music through consultation, market research and advocacy. For example taking part in The Big Music Project, designed to offer experience in mixing, recording, setting up equipment and putting young people in contact with industry professionals.

  • Organisation Type: Social enterprise


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Three most commonly faced challenges

Economic deprivation, Mental health problems, Young carer

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

Mentoring, Performance, Research, Training, Vocal, Youth leadership


Beatboxing, Contemporary classical, Dance electronic, Gospel, Grime, Hip Hop, Indie grunge, Jazz & blues, Music theatre, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, RnB

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Wired4Music are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Wired4Music:

Young Researcher Case Study - Adem

Adem writes about a focus group session for Wired4Music members, focusing on what meaningful progression looks like for young musicians aged 16-25 in London.

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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)