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From the Circle of Light project, run by Offshoots East Midlands CIC in Nottingham

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.

Rapper T.Roadz at the Youth Music Awards 2019. Photo by Amos Mukombero.

Impact Report