Community Music

Community Music
United Kingdom


Creative Music Making Opportunities for Young People

Community Music is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music making opportunities for people of all backgrounds. We do this through a diverse and exciting programme of courses, live gigs, informal training and events, including degree level music production and business training, free instrumental tuition, career development and support packages, music leader training courses and a whole host of live events from small intimate gigs in our purpose built theatre to hosting our own stage at the Underage Festival.

All of our programme is either free or very low cost to the user. Our experience, diverse team and industry standard facilities mean that we are able to work directly within the local community, running grass roots projects and delivering tailor-made training and support on a one to one and group level, whilst also offering our programme on a national and international basis.

We work with children, young people and adults aged 13 and up. We aim to provide a safe, welcoming space where young people and adults can explore the music making opportunities available to them, try new things and develop a passion for music.

All our tutors and leaders are professional musicians or producers currently working in the music industry. We train all our music leaders in house and all our tutors are fully qualified and highly experienced.

We work in partnership with a host of local and national companies, institutions and professionals to ensure our provision is of the highest quality. Our partners include the University of Westminster and The Arts Council to name but a few.

CM is the longest running community music company in the UK and has been working with young musicians from a variety of backgrounds since 1983. Established by John Stevens and Dave O’Donnell over 30 years ago, CM has a wealth of experience and a long track record of ground-breaking activities and quality programme.

The project has trained over 10,000 professional musicians, many of whom have gone on to work in the music industry and in higher and further education. CM has enabled countless musicians and other organisations to establish themselves within the wider music industry.

Our Aims

  • To provide opportunities for young people and adults to access and participate in creative music making and production in modern genres.
  • To deliver, and create access routes to, Higher education in modern music for aspiring professional artists, and individual training for career development.
  • To support artists and businesses towards independence in their careers.
  • To create opportunities for music and cultural collaborations between young people across Europe.
  • To partner closely with professional promoters and festival organisers to promote new talent in successful live music contexts that guarantee audiences.
  • To challenge discrimination through positive collaborative music making experiences.

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