The Big Music Project 


The Big Music Project is a partnership between UK Youth and Global (who own Capital, Capital XTRA, Radio X and others), funded by The Big Lottery Fund. The programme is delivered right across the UK, in partnership with Youth Cymru, Youth Scotland, Youth Action Northern Ireland, Rathbone and Myplace.

The Big Music Project is all about empowering young people with opportunities through the power of music. We work with the biggest brands in music, breaking barriers by creating and highlighting the best opportunities for young people across the UK, running everything from training schemes and careers advice to work experience, internships and hands-on skills building projects.

The aim of the project is:

  • To bring people together through the power of music
  • To equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to create a successful future in the music and creative industries.
  • To inspire young people by showcasing the range of roles within the music and creative industries, motivating them to launch their careers


Through the four strands of the project, young people can get involved in a number of ways:

Hubs: Big Music Champions deliver a music or creative project involving their peers and their local community. Champions have the opportunity to gain accreditation, apply for creative internships and work experience placements, and network with industry professionals at our nationwide showcase events. 

Website: The Big Music Project website aims to promote every kind of opportunity in the music and creative industries. On the website young people can source advice articles, masterclass videos, jobs and internships in the industry, and keep up to date with events and opportunities. 

Work Placements and Mentorships: The Big Music Project works in partnership with creative industry companies to fund and create entry level roles for young people. Each year The Big Music Project funds 10 internships and 10 work experience placements. 

Music Potential: Capital XTRA’s training scheme Music Programme specifically targets NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are pursuing a career in music. Music Potential delivers in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow, and allows young people to hone their craft, gain mentoring, and grow their industry networks. 

The Big Music Project headlines:

  • 110 Big Music Hubs across the UK each year
  • Over 1100 Big Music Champions take part in Hub Projects each year
  • Over 5500 peers engaged through Big Music Hubs each year
  • 10 3-month creative industry internships sourced each year
  • 10 week-long creative work experience placements sourced each year
  • Over 400 creative industry job roles signposted on our website each year
  • 600 young people engaged through Music Potential each cycle


If you’re interested in getting involved then check out The Big Music Project website for more information.

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