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sound52 – Youth Music Action Zone


sound52 ran from 2002 to 2013 and was the largest, loudest and hottest participatory music project ever to happen in the East Midlands!  It was one of only twenty four Youth Music Action Zones operating throughout England and Wales and was made possible through a complex package of funding from a range of sources.

sound52 provided a crucial stepping stone on the road to a musical future for almost 50,000 young musicians from all over the country, 80% of whom had not been involved in any form of live music-making before their introduction via sound52.

Over 100 Music Facilitators were inducted during the programme and employed to provide 18,000 individual workshop sessions.  The workshops involved:

  • child minders and infants in arts centres and other community settings
  • pre-school children, their parents & carers, and practitioners within Early Years settings
  • primary school children in after-school clubs and Kids Clubs
  • teenagers in youth centres, arts centres and other community settings
  • children and young people with additional needs
  • children and young people engaged in Alternative Curriculum educational groups


As with all soundLINCS activities, the music workshops were creative, involving and fun! They developed singing, songwriting and instrumental skills as well as boosting individual confidence and cooperative group working.

The facilitated groups have enjoyed many forms of music including: Rock & Pop; DJ’ing; Music Technology; Junk Groove; Percussion.


In addition to music workshops the project has:sound52

  • written, recorded and produced many original music tracks and films
  • created a musical resource pack for Early Years settings
  • hosted a national conference
  • arranged many countywide gig-swaps involving dozens of bands
  • commissioned several new musical works
  • staged a major music festival at Butlins, Skegness and a large scale participatory concert at Lincoln Cathedral

The legacy of sound52 lives on in the continuing musical journey of its participants.  Our archive collection of photos, films, music, reports and documents can be found in the links below:

photos    Old Station Nursery Lincoln   music   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Several of the major projects and events from sound52 can be viewed in more detail in our Past Projects section. Click the links below to find out more: