Youth Music is the UK’s largest children’s music charity providing funding for music projects and activities.

We believe in the power of music to transform young people’s lives. Music has the power to encourage and nurture talent; a power that builds confidence and self-esteem; a power that opens new horizons, raises aspirations and helps individuals express who they are.

This is where Youth Music comes in.

Since 1999, we have provided over 2 million children and young people with free access to a range of music-making projects and activities. For many, being given the chance to experience the power of music has been a life changing experience.

Because of Youth Music there are now more high quality music-making opportunities for a wider range of children and young people than ever before, from learning rock guitar or beatboxing to classical violin and everything in between.

“The day I walked in and met everyone changed my life and I felt great. I think being part of the group could help anyone. It’s one of the greatest things I have been part of.” Rob, 18, Cumbria

If you would like to find music-making projects in your area, please visit the Near You section.

If you would like to find out if your organisation is eligible for Youth Music funding, please visit the funding section of our website



Sound and Music is a major new organisation and a Regularly Funded Organisation of Arts Council England. We’re essentially a contemporary arts organisation focused on music and sound.

Primarily we’re a producer of projects, which can range from live events through to education projects and from digital applications through to books. We usually work in partnership and in collaboration with other organisations. Some of our projects are developed from scratch by SAM and others come to us from other arts organisations and producers. Most of our work is based in England, but we also work in the rest of the UK and increasingly with international partners.


Devon Music Service promotes the uptake of musical instruments and singing. We offer Continuous Professional Development opportunities for music educators and maintain a wide variety of instruments to support whole class teaching and individual hire. We also offer a variety of ensemble experiences to support students at all levels of development and signpost to local and national opportunities. Our work is student centred, we strive to raise expectations and improve standards and we encourage people to enjoy achieving.

Many Devon Music Service initiatives demonstrate effective ways of bringing communities together and supporting children and young people through transfer stages. Working in partnership with other organisations enables the Music Service to markedly increase breadth and reach for children and young people. Arranging ‘mini-tours’ for international artists to visit Devon schools and communities has also proved to be a very successful method of inspiring both young players/singers and adults. Music Development Leader outreach is significant in linking schools and local communities to the bigger picture and helping local ideas to flourish.

Devon Music Service received a very positive report from an evaluation of the service organised by the Federation of Music Services in partnership with the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) MSEP programme in Autumn 2009.  Overall, DMS received several good and outstanding judgements, including outstanding personal development and breadth, access and participation.

In 2009 Devon is very proud to have picked up accolades in all three categories of the prestigious National Music Council / Music Education Council LEA awards. This brings Devon’s total to six NMC/MEC awards in the last three years, including the Major Trophy in 2007.


South West Music School is part of a national network of Centres of Advanced Training supported by the Department for Children, Schools & Families Music and Dance Scheme for exceptionally talented young musicians aged between 8 and 18.

Our programme is inclusive, open to all regardless of musical or personal background. South West Music School is also musically inclusive – designed to identify and nurture exceptional instrumental and vocal talent from all areas of music. The only restriction to our programme is the need to possess very high levels of musicianship and commitment.

We are a virtual school, not based in one location, working across the whole region. We offer a new learning experience individually tailored to the students’ specific musical needs. They learn and develop in their own planned time therefore enabling them to continue to participate, as much as possible, in their current musical life.

South West Music School provides a package of specialist educational support through a 2 stage programme; the Feeder Scheme and the Core Programme.

The Feeder Scheme is a year-long programme of 6 workshop days spread across the year and the region covering topics such as improvisation, performance practise, listening & rhythm and performance health.

The Core Programme has a 3 stream programme through which students receive mentoring, individual tuition and development and residential opportunities, plus the opportunity to be involved in programmes and projects delivered by the partnership.

The key is that students determine their programme of individual learning so that we can cultivate their ideas, potential and talent.

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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, that takes place over 10 days consisting of approximately 50 events, including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multimedia, talks and film, with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the programme and respond to regional need.

HCMF aims to make new music accessible to increasingly varied audiences and participants. The Learning and Participation programme plays a vital role in forging and developing relationships with a wide range of local communities and seeks to break down barriers and perceptions surrounding new music. HCMF offers creative musical experiences for participants whilst providing direct contact with high-profile, high-quality artists.

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Kings Place Music Foundation (KPMF) is the charity set up to run the music spaces at Kings Place. Gifted with the performing and back of house areas on a long lease for a peppercorn rent, KPMF offers access to creative spaces and activities for both new and established audiences at affordable prices and aims to deliver a very rich and busy music programme financed by a combination of ticket sales, and the hire of the excellent Kings Place facilities for rehearsals, recordings and conferences. Kings Place receives no public funding.

Presenting music in weekly themes, KPMF aims to look in-depth at a range of music to interest regular concertgoers, as well as new audiences from the local and wider London area. KPMF’s outreach coordinator facilitates links between the surrounding community, and the music and arts organisations working and performing at Kings Place. These outreach activities started in local schools several years before Kings Place opened to the public.



Watermill Jazz was founded in 1994 by Ann Odell, and Steve Spurling and since then has gone from strength to strength meeting on Thursday evenings every month of the year except December. Admission is from 8.00 pm and the music starts at 8.30 pm

Venue The club meets in the Sports and Social Club of Friends Life, Pixham Lane, Dorking, RH4 1QA. Seating is comfortable and there is a licensed bar separate from the music room. Disabled access with stair lift and toilet facilities on site at the Social Club. A new Yamaha C3 Grand Piano was purchased in 2005 as part of a policy of continually improving our equipment and service to club members and to visiting musicians. Our aim is to provide the best of live jazz in congenial surroundings.

A lively policy is pursued, with performances of the finest in Jazz from top UK and overseas bands coupled with giving an opportunity to the best of the younger bands on the scene today. The music ranges from mainstream to post bop and contemporary music and bands vary in size from trios to big bands.


Based at Thurcroft Junior School, the Rotherham Schools Music Service makes a vital contribution to the education and personal development of young people across the borough, helping them to learn specific musical skills, increase their confidence and gain self-discipline. The Music Service has a presence in all of the authorities schools and offers whole class instrumental and vocal tuition, small group lessons and individual lessons as appropriate. A wide range of instruments are taught from percussion, brass, woodwind and string families.

The Service offers tuition in schools, advice on buying instruments and the acquisition of instruments, parental support, music centre opportunities, subsidised tuition and assessments, examinations and report procedures for children in Year 3 onwards.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in evening activities. The Music Service currently offers Theory and Aural classes, Wind Bands, Orchestras, Brass Bands, Big Band and Guitar and Percussion groups.

Thurcroft Junior School, Green Arbour Road, Thurcroft, Rotherham, S66 9DD
Contact: 01709 545235


Cornwall Learning Music Service is the organisation which supports Music Education and provides instrumental and vocal tuition to the majority of schools in Cornwall as well as running highly regarded orchestras, choirs and ensembles. Music Cornwall is the new name for the service to match our refreshed, up-dated identity.

“The name Music Cornwall will help us to convey the breadth of music activity,” said Sharon Longden, Head of Cornwall Learning. “Most people know about the instrumental tuition that we deliver in schools but they may not be aware of all the other exciting projects that our staff organise and facilitate, including performance and music technology. One example is the Giant of Bodelva musical event held at the Eden Project in May where, in partnership with KEAP, 600 children had the opportunity to perform with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This was just one of the wide range of performance opportunities we offer children and young people in Cornwall.”

Music Cornwall was judged to be an outstanding Music Service by the Federation of Music Services (FMS) at the end of a three year review commissioned by Department for Education which gives us a very strong foundation to build on.”


Youth Music Service, St Thomas More School, Jessopp Rd, Norwich NR2 3QB and Fakenham High School, Field Lane, Fakenham NR21 9QT
Contact: 01603 433276


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