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Impact Report 19-20

"2019 was a truly momentous 20th anniversary year for our charity. Over the last two decades, thanks to the fantastic support of the National Lottery and Arts Council England, more than 3 million children and young people have regularly made music through the projects we invest in across England, achieving powerful personal, social and musical outcomes as a result."

"Our strategic approach to investing is designed to make the music education ecosystem more inclusive and accessible. But to achieve the systemic change that’s needed to enable young people’s lives in music, we have to be more than a funder. During 2019/20, we held the first-ever Youth Music Awards, created opportunities for young people to be directly part of our organisation (both as freelancers and Trustees), formed new partnerships to bring in additional investment and turned up the volume in our campaigning with and alongside young people."

- Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music

Download our 19-20 Impact Reports below to learn more about how we spent investment from the National Lottery via Arts Council England and People's Postcode Lottery.

Every Youth Music project measures its impact, helping us build a unique national overview. We're an outcomes-based funder, which means that we ask organisations to tell us what changes they expect their project to bring about.

musicians in studio one sat at key board the other looking at a tablet

Musical outcomes

These include developing skills like performing, composing and producing; learning to be creative and exploring different styles of music; and understanding the range of musical careers available.

Working with professional musicians has had a really big influence on my writing and composing skills.

Angeline, Rochdale
Someone playing drums

Personal outcomes

These include positive impacts on wellbeing like increasing happiness, confidence and resilience to challenges; as well as developing practical skills which can come in useful for school or work.

Every time I come here it makes me happy, I have time away from bad things at home.

Shona, Hull
Choir embracing each other after a concert

Social outcomes

These include meeting new people, making friends and building relationships with family members; as well as strengthening ties to local communities and overcoming divisions.

Being a young mum is a really stressful job – music is how I chill out.

Hannah, Truro
children playing bongos at tiny sparks little willows nursery

Workforce and organisational outcomes

These include project staff developing their skills and knowledge, increasing diversity of teams, and forming partnerships with other organisations. Many Youth Music participants go on to work at projects themselves.

We support the sector to share their learning and experiences through our online community, the Youth Music Network.