Everyone comes away from Brighton Soup smiling, happy to be part of a community that has supported a charity. But people naturally feel bad that they can’t give to all of the groups who come to Soup.

Well, we’re here to tell you that as a “losing” charity, we came away smiling from Soup too, even if we didn’t get the pot of money on the night.

Amber (21) is a volunteer and part of the Youth Music Reprezent training programme, has written from the heart about classism, austerity and how grime music's relation to poorer areas has been to some degree weaponised by journalists to belittle tragic loss.

Following the deaths of two young aspiring musicians from South East London, a minority of journalists chose to use these deaths to provide a context for articles that were arguably written to cause controversy, sell papers or bait for clicks.

Reprezent works with a lot of young people from these areas who are aspiring artists and have been a starting point for several high profile careers (Stormzy, Novelist, Lady Leshurr, Section Boys). Whilst grime music has elements of 'realness', it is questionable for a journalist to use one persons aspirations to succeed as a musician as an indicator that they were more likely to die than someone else.

Anyway, this is Ambers story...

Haringey Shed have been commissioned by a production company, to be the community partner in a music project sponsored by Levi’s, to deliver a six-week music programme.

With funding from  the National Foundation for Youth Music, we have trained 42 EYFS staff  from eleven schools in the city of Salford to deliver our Can Do Music programme.

  • by Rhythmix

    Mon 26 Sep 2016 - 1 comment

Rhythmix was a finalist in the National Lottery Awards 2016, but we didn’t win the award. Miriam, our Campaigns Manager, reflects on why as a Youth Music funded organisation you should nominate yourself for an award next year, and why winning isn’t everything.

Back in 2011, the National Plan for Music Education was published, with great aplomb.  It stated that ““children from all backgrounds and every part of England” should have “…equality of opportunity … regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked after”.  

  • by Rhythmix

    Tue 2 Aug 2016 - 1 comment

We are excited to announce the launch of the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare!

We are excited to announce the launch of the National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare!

Over the past few years a network has been forming across the UK of organisations and individuals working in partnership with healthcare services to provide music making programmes in hospitals, hospices and community settings. This network has now formed an Alliance so that we can advocate for our work with one strong, coherent voice.

Please visit our website here and consider joining the Alliance if you or your organisation identifies with our aims and mission:

Vote for Music The South East’s leading music charity Rhythmix has been nominated for the Best Arts Project in the National Lottery Awards 2016. The Charity has been selected from 600 nominations to compete in a public vote from 22 June against six other projects, with an awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on the 9th of September to announce the winners. The public can vote to support Rhythmix at this link:

  • by MuFu

    Mon 20 Jun 2016

Want to help more kids make music in schools?
Take our Make Music 2 Make Music challenge!

We recently delivered an intensive 2 day programme Re-write Your Story to a group of 8 young people in YOI Wetherby. The programme aims were to encourage recognition of negative behaviours and teach how to look at the future differently through music. Through the use of story writing and poetry young people will learn how to create lyrics, music and songs for self-expression. The workshops were underpinned by the use of restorative practices to support recognition of anti-social or criminal behaviour to encourage positive decision making and staying away from criminality and gangs

Funded by Youth Music, Sound Connections’ Innovate programme strives to enable emerging practitioners and smaller organisations to create new musical approaches and ideas for working with disadvantaged young people.