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Brighter Sound is a charity and a producer of creative music projects and events based in Manchester.

Supporting creativity and learning is at the heart of our approach across all of our work. We are passionate believers in the potential for creative music making to make a difference to the lives of young people, children and families and emerging musicians.

Our diverse and invigorating programme connects a wide range of people through music and creativity. Whether it’s using music to support ‘At Risk’ young people dealing with loss and conflict, providing platforms and guidance for young and emerging musicians or connecting communities through music making, every one of our projects pushes creative limits and strives to give new meaning to learning through music.

We have a proud history of connecting young and emerging musicians to role models and professional artists; our Artistic Directors Series has hosted the likes of Imogen Heap, Beth Orton, Kendrick Lamar, Snarky Puppy, Anna Meredith, DJ Yoda and Everything Everything.

Brighter Sound is widely known for its work with young people and regularly contributes to research and strategic development on a regional and national scale working to challenge perceptions and give young people new ways of learning through music.

We are also passionate believers in the potential for creative music making to help young people in challenging circumstances to make a difference to their lives. We deliver a huge range of programmes that support people to grow, develop and explore, supporting marginalised groups such as the homeless, children in care, children in the youth justice system, young people not in education employment or training (NEET), refugees and asylum seekers, and those experiencing economic deprivation, mental health issues and other challenges.

We work extensively with schools, music education hubs, communities and support organisations to deliver music programmes that have an impact on the personal development of participants, boosting wellbeing, confidence and self-awareness, as well as skills.

Our home is state-of-the-art Manchester venue, Band on the Wall. Our unique and long-running partnership with them enables us to work together to provide opportunities for young, emerging and lifelong musicians in the venue which range from courses and events to artistic residencies.

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You can now read our Annual Review from April 2015 – March 2016 here.