Connecting young people with musical opportunities

We have established a network of experts across the music education sector in England. We’re calling them ‘Connectors’ and their role is to connect young people and families with musical experiences in their local area. They exist to find appropriate opportunities and share valuable information on how best to support young people’s musical development. 

Find out more about Furthering Talent Connect by clicking the buttons or scrolling.

Where to find us

Our Connectors can support young people aged up to 18, and their families. They currently cover the areas listed below with more ambassador hubs joining the scheme in 2024.

  • Berkshire
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • Bradford
  • Coventry
  • Cumbria
  • Devon and Torbay
  • Greater Manchester
  • Hertfordshire
  • Hull
  • Lewisham Music
  • Lincolnshire
  • Resonate (Liverpool)
  • Manchester
  • The Music Partnership (Staffordshire, Telford and Stoke)
  • Norfolk
  • North Tyneside
  • Sheffield
  • Sunderland
  • Severn Arts (Worcestershire)
  • Waltham Forest

If you, or your young musician live in one of these areas, are unsure about what is available to you or are looking for some information or guidance, you can contact your local Connector by using the webform below. 

Meet our Connectors

Our Connectors are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate musicians themselves. Click the videos below for a short introduction to the connector in your area.

Helen, Bradford 


Lindsay, Manchester


Shelley, Hull  


Abimaro, Lewisham


Helen, Liverpool

helen liverpool

Emily, Bolton


Chris, Stafford

Chris stringer

Rachel, Sheffield


Emma, Sunderland


Rachel, Worcestershire

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Why we're here

We know that it is sometimes difficult for families and young musicians to find the information, advice and guidance they need. Often people find this information by accident while others sadly don't, missing the support they need for their musical development.

We’re playing our part in changing this through our team of Connectors. Currently based in 10 Music Hubs areas, our Connectors exist to take away the hit and miss nature of finding information and guidance for young musicians, especially those facing barriers to accessing musical opportunities.

With extensive knowledge of their local musical landscape and the national picture too, they connect young musicians with opportunities and advice, ranging from music groups to funding.

Funders and partners

Furthering Talent is supported by ACE and the DfE via our NPO and NYMO funding building on support from Youth Music with funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.

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