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The Sound of the Next Generation

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A comprehensive review of children and young people's relationship with music

What is the Sound of the Next Generation report?

The Sound of the Next Generation is a new research report by Youth Music and Ipsos MORI. It offers ground-breaking insights into the diverse ways young people engage with and value music and music-making, bringing to light the positive and meaningful impact music has for them.

Youth Music worked with Ipsos MORI to conduct online surveys with a representative sample of 1,001 young people aged 7 to 17 across England, as well as in-depth interviews with participants involved in Youth Music projects.

This was followed up with a series of in-depth expert interviews with industry leaders, psychologists and academics to understand the context of our findings and the wider impact of music on society.

Read the full report and join in the conversation online: #SoundoftheNextGen

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"Music is pretty much everything."

Read Young Musician's stories

Bringing music to the wards - Fabrice's story

Fabrice, 18, experienced some serious mental health problems which led to him spending several months in hospital last year. Making music with the Singing for Health project gave him some of his happiest memories from a difficult time.

"Rap is me" - Taz's story

Taz is a 17-year-old rapper from Cambridge. Over the last three years she’s taken part in a number of music-making projects run by local youth charity Romsey Mill.