ArtsTrain is a unique and pioneering creative music programme managed by a leading social enterprise Mytime Active. Our programme supports children and young people in outer/South East London, targeting those who are often not engaged in formal music-making and face challenging circumstances.
We deliver creative music programmes across the London Boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Lewisham. Developed over the past ten years, ArtsTrain’s innovative model of music making draws from practice across musical genres and focuses entirely on the creation of outstanding original work by young people. All sessions are facilitated by experienced composers and facilitators from a wide range of musical backgrounds.
Since 2008 we have supported the development of thousands of young people and transformed the cultural landscape of music within South East London.
“I came away from ArtsTrain’s London Jazz Festival showcase both moved and inspired. The event provided the perfect platform for young people to perform their original and beautiful music to a packed house. To see so many young people from different backgrounds working well together is testimony to themselves and the nurturing, creative environment ArtsTrain provides. This was young people at their very best – creating and owning their music, tackling challenging social issues and telling it how it is.” (M.Griffiths Chief Executive of Youth Music)
"I have gone from a young person on the project, to a volunteer and I am now an assistant tutor helping other young people with lyric writing and performance skills. The project has really turned my life around" (Assistant tutor, 19)
Mytime Active gratefully acknowledges support from: Arts Council England, The National Foundation of Youth Music, PRS Foundation for Music, Sound Connections, Bromley Youth Music Trust, Bird College, The Churchill Theatre, The P.Y.E Project and the Affinity Sutton Housing Association.