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Annual Report 2021

“In Youth Music’s twenty-two year history, we have never seen young people impacted by so many transformative world events at one time. Music has always been central to young people’s lives and last year was no exception.”

“The grassroots organisations we invest in nationwide are best equipped to respond effectively in times like these. We continually adapted to meet the changing needs of these organisations. Through this, we brought music making, learning and earning to those who needed it most during the pandemic. We thank our own funders for enabling this, in particular the National Lottery via Arts Council England and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

“The last year has been one of growth and development for Youth Music. Our staff and Trustees deserve a special mention for their work. We increased our investments to get more money to the front line, whilst ensuring our service levels were maintained. Our stakeholders recognised this – 91% of people who applied for our funding rated our organisation ‘above average’ overall in our annual survey. Of those, 68% described it as ‘excellent’. To maintain the quality of our work, and the wellbeing of our staff, we now need to embed and consolidate all the amazing new work we’ve begun.”

- Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music

Download our 2021 Annual Report below to learn more about our latest impact. 

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.