YMCA North Tyneside is a charity that offers a range of actvities including a music rehearsal, performance and recording studio. Led by Andi Anderson, a passionate multi-instrumentalist and producer with an extensive knowledge of music and technology. The Music Studio has provided a space for young people with little confidence to develop their abilities and use music as a platform to develop and become employed or self-employed in the music industry. 

U CRE8 Community Arts  Limited is a company  based in, and working  throughout, the North East providing specialist arts services and support to schools,  pre- school and special needs groups, youth groups, older peoples associations, health and other community groups. 


King James I Academy is a non-denominational 11-18 school (with media arts specialism) located close to the centre of
Bishop Auckland in County Durham . We aim to provide a creative and inspirational learning experience that encourages young people to achieve their full potential and to become intelligent, responsible, productive and caring adults who are well prepared for the challenges of a world full of opportunities. King James I Academy is a learning community in which all ages meet to share and develop their talents and to promote mutual respect for all people; whatever their age, gender, ability, background or beliefs.


The North East Autism Society (NEAS) promotes the welfare, development and advancement of children, young people and adults with physical and/orlearning disabilities and in particular those affected by autism within the UK. To do so we work in partnership to deliveractivities and achieve outstanding personalised services for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

All In Youth Project is a youth charity based in Middlesbrough, North East England. We connect with young people aged 11-25 using a variety of sessions inclduing dance, music and events, and we ensure that young people from Black, Asian, Mixed race, Asylum seeking and Refugee backgrounds can access positive opportunities which support their personal and social development and aspirations. Supported by Youth Music we offer a weekly music session every Friday called Breakthrough.

Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through the work of our services, campaigning and research expertise.

We believe we can bring out the very best in every child.

We are building on solid foundations here at The Customs House. We have delivered a stunning range of arts and cultural activities in recent years with the highest quality organisations and artists in activities with many opportunities for schools and communities to engage with and shape programmes, a partnership approach. This has enabled The Customs House to build a sustainable legacy of lasting meaningful cross sector partnerships, networks and resources that support ‘our joined’ up practice.

Established in 1891, the vision of Children North East is that all north east children and young people grow up healthy and happy and over the last 125 years we have worked tirelessly to achieve this.

Today the rights of children and young people remain at the centre of everything we do. This includes providing counselling and mentoring to young people who have mental health problems, and free and confidential information and advice on the issues affecting their lives such as sexual health, housing, unemployment and training.

Family plays an essential role in children’s emotional, social and physical development and a happy family life will make for happier children. We strive to strengthen and empower families who are in crisis and need support by providing services to help them deal with issues they face and enabling them to learn new skills and confidence to tackle life’s difficulties.

We support families with children who find themselves struggling with issues like poor mental health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, relationship difficulties, debt or isolation.

We use a range of evidence based approaches and interventions to support families to identify their own solutions and to bring about change in their lives to improve outcomes for children. As part of this approach we are introducing music as a therapeutic intervention within our family support delivery.

“Our Music Project” – Enhancing Lives through Musical Achievement

Partnership with Sage Gateshead

Started in autumn 2013 as part of Sage’s Music Inclusion programme

Successful bids to Youth Music Foundation to fund project from November 2014 to July 2017

Meets every Tuesday evening

Music leaders from Sage / Support Staff from Integrating

Team Building games, Drumming, Singing, Song writing, Recording and Performing



Recorded five original songs

Performed at Sage Gateshead three times and Durham twice

Created film of project development

Evaluation of project

Participants have shown significant musical and personal development

Everyone has enjoyed themselves


Skimstone Arts make captivating theatre, music and art in collaboration with artists, researchers and people experiencing increased social vulnerability.

East Durham Creates is a programme set up to try out new ways of getting more local people involved in something creative. It’s about trying new things, building on what’s already happening, learning what works – and what doesn’t – and pulling together to bring about long term change in East Durham.

Whether we’re commissioning new work from community groups or international artists, East Durham Creates projects will always be inspired by things that local people have told us matter to them – the people, stories and heritage that are unique to our area.
We know what we’re trying to do will take time, but by working with a network of local partners including schools and colleges, community centres, local businesses and transport providers to support grass-roots cultural activity and build local capacity through investing in skills development and training we are laying the foundations for long term change. 

East Durham Creates is one of 21 Creative People and Places projects nationally, funded by Arts Council England. It is managed by Beamish, Forma Arts, and East Durham Trust working in partnership and supported by Durham County Council via the East Durham Area Action Partnership and Culture and Sport Services.

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.
Our inclusive approach enables all our performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.