Musical Inclusion

Musical inclusion has been central to SoundStorm’s mission since its establishment in 2002. It is a general term for projects developed outside of the mainstream school sector, working with a range of participants often from disadvantaged backgrounds, including young people not in education, employment, training or school (NEETs), young people excluded from school, rurally isolated students and other groups. It remains central to SoundStorm’s mission.

A range of funding sources have been used in order to make projects happen over the years, including Youth Music, RIO Challenge Fund, local authority funds and some Music Education Hub funding. Since 2012, we have raised over £300k in external funding, additional to Music Education Hub funding, for these type of projects.

Below are a selection of some of our most successful musical inclusion projects.


Transform:ED (2017-19) In 2017, SoundStorm successfully applied for Challenge Fund funding from our Arts Council Bridge Organisation, Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), after a competitive application process. The Transform:ED project which followed aimed to use cultural education and social enterprise as a means to reintegrate some of the most disadvantaged / isolated /NEET (not in education,...

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The Art of Rap: A two-day masterclass with Ric Flo

21st and 22nd 2019 February at Absolute Music Young people aged 14-17 joined a two-day rap masterclass, led by rap artist Ric Flo and with production support from Tony Bones, both of acclaimed hip-hop collective, Jungle Brown. Spread across two days– this masterclass enabled young people interested in developing their lyrical skills, to immerse themselves in...

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