Make Some Noise’s vision is that the lives of children and young people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be significantly enhanced by high quality opportunities to make music. Make Some Noise believes music inspires young people, and for many is also a catalyst for positive change. We explore innovative approaches that work towards better access to music for young people.

Since 2001 we have engaged with over 45,000 Children, Young People and Families on strategic and participatory programmes primarily in Staffordshire and Stoke, but also regionally and nationally. Over those years we have successfully delivered music projects as an alternative provision and have a strong reputation for successful working with over 75 partners.

Make Some Noise develops positive activities and inclusive interventions featuring specialist musicians to work in a wide range of settings for example with babies & toddlers, with challenging or excluded young people, young carers, with families, in schools or theatres, in youth or community venues. Make Some Noise has found that participation in our activities has positive impacts on the most disengaged or isolated young people.

  • 2001

    Make Some Noise founded

  • 2009

    Awarded charitable status

  • 2012

    Joined with Music Education Hubs

  • 2015

    Helped over 45,000 participants

  • 2016

    Won 'Excellence in Primary/Early Years'

  • 2017

    Became an AQA Centre


John Simmonds

Programme Development Officer

John has 15 years of experience in young people's, culture and media...

Tim Sharp

Chief Executive Officer

Tim has over 15 years of community arts and music experience. Tim...

Cat Crown

Programme Development Officer

Cat has 10 years of experience in the charity sector...

Helen Buttery


Helen joined Make Some Noise in January 2012 and is responsible for...

Dawn Uttley

Admin Assistant

Dawn joined Make Some Noise in April 2017 and is responsible for...


Music Leaders

Frequently asked questions

We run programmes using music as a tool to encourage growth and learning for children and adults. Our work covers a range of themes, from social exclusion issues to team building, our programmes can be tailored to support most needs.

Yes, we are a registered UK charity. Registered Charity number 1127578

Our head office is based in Stafford, in the heart of the Midlands. We work across the Midlands region but are happy to discuss requirements outside of this area for specific projects.

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