Set up in 1991, the Community Recording Studio teaches film and video skills as well as music to children and young people in Nottingham. We provide access to professional equipment and key industry contacts, including musicians like Estelle and Aloe Blacc.
We are based in St Ann's. The charity has been running for over 20 years, and was founded by members of the local community who have first-hand experiences of the needs of young people growing up in the area. We provide positive and inspirational learning environments where young people primarily between the ages of 8 and 25 and members of the community can develop through experienced based education, with the support of professional, qualified and experience youth and community work team. Youngsters who began their career at the studio have even gone on to perform at festivals like Glastonbury and their music has been aired on BBC Radio One. A few artists have also been signed to record labels.The studio operates for five days a week, and the facilities are free to use.Training is offered so that individuals can not only develop their own skills but also pass on the knowledge to others in the community.We want to develop their skills, capacities and capabilities, and enable them to participate in society as independent, mature, responsible adults. We also want to advance the education of the public, in particular young people, in music and the art and science of studio recording.


The Spark Arts for Children was founded in Leicester in 2003 as a multi-arts form festival including contemporary music to provide a platform to present the very best of British and international children’s arts.  The Spark exists to enable children aged from 0-13 and their families to enjoy the opportunities offered by the arts as audiences, learners and as creators of their own art. Throughout the year we facilitate and commission a range of creative educational events in schools and community venues, such as artists in libraries and children’s centres, which complement and extend the work of our annual arts festival.  

This year, Musical Gems have devised a new and exciting project called Musical Communities.

We are a Leicester-based charity established in 1986 which uses arts, media and music activities to inspire and engage young people and help them to develop creative, social and employability skills. Our inclusive way of working helps young people who lack opportunities or have challenges in their lives to participate in positive creative activities. We help them get back on track if things have gone wrong, try new things, build the confidence and resilience to change negative or risky behaviours, and progress to lead more fulfilling lives. This, in turn, has a beneficial effect on their communities.