Musical Inclusion Programme

Projects and initiatives dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and young people access music in all its many different forms.

Two children using a musical instrument​​​​
Our musical inclusion activities, focus on providing access for those living in the most challenging of circumstances and who, as a consequence, may not have the same opportunities as others to take part in high quality music activity.

The young people we work with include:

  • Looked after children (i.e. in foster care)
  • Young carers
  • Those suffering from mental ill-health or with emotional / behavioural problems
  • Those with special educational needs including physical and mental/learning disabilities and communication disorders (e.g. autism, ADHD, etc.)
  • Visually impaired and deaf children
  • Those attending pupil referral units
  • NEET (Not in employment, education or training) groups.

Projects are typically undertaken in partnership with a third sector agency, local authority service provider, or private sector organisation working with specific groups of disadvantaged children and young people on a daily basis. The type of activities we deliver are shaped by the views of the young people taking part.  

We also deliver bespoke projects for special schools, DSP units or other institutions offering alternative education provision across Northamptonshire and Rutland. Activities are delivered by a team of freelance musicians working across many music genres, styles and instruments.  They work mainly in teams, but also deliver one-to-one and small group instrumental lessons. On occasion, we receive referrals through bodies such as the NHS and others to provide music mentoring and other 1-2-1 music services to achieve specific therapeutic and pastoral outcomes for their clients.

Recent examples of projects we have delivered can be found on our projects page.

The programme has been running since 2012 and was initiated by the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub Delivery Partners as a follow-up to the Northamptonshire Youth Music Action Zone.

In April 2015, we received the welcome news that our new inclusion project, "Music Forge", had been awarded a 3-year grant by Youth Music. This means we are can continue our work here in Northamptonshire and, for the first time, develop new initiatives through our subsidiary charity, Rutland Music, as well. Even more importantly, it means we can continue to offer a wide range of open and inclusive musical opportunities to disadvantaged children and young people free or at a greatly subsidised cost.

For further details about this area of work please contact Simon Steptoe, Musical Inclusion Programme and Partnership Manager on: or through the main office on or 01604 637117.

 Organisations supporting the programme for 2017/18 academic year:

National Foundation for Youth Music logo   Paul Hamlyn Foundation logo

The Co-op logo Kettering Borough Council logo Sir Andrew Martin Trust for Young People logo