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Exchanging Notes

The project, run by Drake Music, works with disabled young people at Belvue School in Ealing. It's one of seven Exchanging Notes projects taking place across the country - part of a Youth Music programme supporting collaborations between schools and community music organisations.

Genre diversity

At Youth Music, we believe all music genres are equally valid and creative – so long as they’re taught in an inclusive and accessible way. Young people are exploring a huge range of musical styles at our projects nationwide.

Young people take the lead in Youth Music projects. They’re given opportunities to choose what and how they want to learn. Many go on to mentor other children, or to train as project leaders themselves.

Sessions are collaborative and inclusive. Music leaders encourage and inspire young people to learn at their own pace and in a way that best suits them.

We invest in long-term, sustainable music-making activities. Youth Music projects last between six months and two years. The young participants come back week after week. And when they’re ready to leave, or the project comes to an end, staff help them progress to the next step. A job, a college course, another music-making challenge: we help young people to follow their chosen path.

We invest in projects, and we invest in people too. Each year there are around 4,000 staff members, trainees, and volunteers bringing Youth Music projects to life. We help the workforce to develop in their careers, learn from each other, and to provide the very best support for young participants.

Nate performing on stage

Nate's story

Nate first attended a Youth Music project aged 15. Now aged 23, he earns his living from performing and vocal coaching – and he’s sung live on both the X Factor and Eurovision.