Many young people miss out on making music – particularly those who could benefit the most. With your help, we can put that right.

Your donation could help us to light a spark in a young person who is facing massive barriers in their life.

Any donation no matter how large or small, will help us to reach more young people, and to continue to transform lives through music.

For example:

£60 — will enable a young person experiencing financial hardship to attend 10 weeks of our Audio-Base Saturday morning sessions. We’re able to match fund this with support from other sources, but currently we aren’t able to offer fully subsidised activities.

£180 … will fund them for a year – during which time they’ll make massive progress in music and beyond.

£500 … will pay for a young person in challenging circumstances (e.g. mental health problems, emotional or behavioural difficulties) to have ten sessions of music mentoring from one of our specialist music leaders – again we’ll match fund this from other sources.

Get in touch to find out more or make a booking:



Thank you: your donation will make a big difference to young people’s lives.



See what people have to say about their experience of working with us.


“Sam and Jake absolutely love the workshops. They come away buzzing every Saturday, always having learned something new and feeling inspired. We’re seeing both boys growing in confidence and ambition, and they’ve made new like-minded friends too. The workshops have ‘perked up’ the weekends no end and it’s not quite such a battle to encourage them to get homework done, once they’ve released some of their creative energy!”

Susie Newman-Turner, mum to Sam and Jake who attend Audio-Base in Tetbury.


“The tutor has shown us how we can make our own music, and we can record it. You can jam with people. You can’t do this anywhere else.”

Alesha Maguire-Toombs, aged 12.


“You can just jam with each other, it’s fun, you get to learn a lot off the tutors, you get inspiration.They know everything, and can give us tips.”

Saffira Maguire-Toombs, aged 12.


“I am so elated, because finally there is something for young people playing in this genre. You have orchestras and brass bands, but there’s been nowhere for kids playing popular music to get together. They don’t really get opportunities to experiment with different instruments and ways of making music, and having the technology side is great. And the music leaders are lovely, they’re very open and very generous in how they deal with students.”

Deirdre Maguire-Toombs, mum to Saffira and Alesha, aged 12, who attend Audio-Base in Forest of Dean.


“The Music Works enabled our most vulnerable students to express themselves freely and confidently. All 28 students absolutely loved blending rap and poetry together, and it was great to see our students enjoy writing and creating poetry. This session was truly inspiring and our students took so much away from it: confidence, engagement with writing and self-worth.”

Nicola Toohig, English Teacher, Archway School.


“The year 6 children from Chesterton Primary School, Cirencester, had a wonderful time combining music and technology. Even our most reluctant musicians are finding out about time signatures, chords and composition as they enjoyed exploring GarageBand on the iPad.”

Sue Dearsley, class 6 teacher, Chesterton Primary School.


“It achieved all we wanted it to: understanding of musical concepts as well as composition – often the hardest thing to deliver. It was successful too in engaging ALL pupils through music. We have a few in year 5 that have behavioural issues, ADHD, family members with mental health problems- so they find concentration and engagement really hard, but they were completely. I think it has changed their perception of themselves, how they feel about music and what they can achieve.”

Diane Bainbridge, Headteacher, Whiteshill Primary (nr Stroud).


“Our students literally jumped to join the sessions when it was their turn. It seemed to really boost their self-esteem and sense of achievement, they worked really well together and supported each other throughout, they had lots of ideas and rose to the challenges presented. Your music leader was always well prepared, on time and enthusiastic, he seemed able to deal with whatever we threw at him – he was always prepared to go the extra mile.”

Howard Eason, Heart of the Forest Special School.


“During my time at the school I have been delighted with the progress made and subsequently the opportunities provided by The Music Works. I am keen to continue to build on this relationship to provide a legacy for a high quality music curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. Their work is providing a tangible music presence in the school. The value and positive impact this has made and will continue to make to the school and community is really exciting.”

Gareth Reynolds, Associate Head,The Forest High School.


“Music technology is particularly good for engaging young people who are switched off to learning. The staff have a way of working with even the most anxious pupils that brings out the best in them – they’re highly skilled in music themselves and inspire young people to aim higher. They’re very professional – collaborative, thoughtful and reliable. They really care about the outcomes for each pupil and this belief and care in each pupil helps to produce great results.”

Annalise Price-Thomas, Head of Service, Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service



Watch our participant case study: Jordan Blackmore tells us how The Music Works has helped him.


Beth aka ‘Grove’ gets a start in the music industry

Beth, aka ‘Grove’ is a 20-year old vocalist from Gloucestershire who’s part of our Upsurge artist development programme. She thought she was destined to work in ‘dead-end jobs’ until someone gave her a ‘big break’. All that’s changed since she became involved with...

Richard feels accepted and grows in confidence

Like many young people we work with, Richard (not his real name), a student in year 10, had always struggled with school. He didn’t fit in, had extremely low confidence, and had been bullied. Coming to the afterschool club at SoundSpace Studios, Cinderford, has transformed his attitude to himself, and his wellbeing.