Ladywood is the district where both B:Music venues, Symphony Hall and Town Hall are located. Research conducted by the End Child Poverty campaign group found that 54% of children were living in poverty in Ladywood in 2019-20, one of the highest child poverty rates in the UK.
B:Music launched Generation Ladywood in September 2012, enhancing learning opportunities provided by Services for Education Music Services.
This long-term project connects Ladywood residents to music by:
- Enabling school children to learn how to play music with professional jazz musicians;
- Pop-up performances in school playgrounds;
- Musical Picnics on-site and in Children’s Centres;
- Supporting people – often in challenging circumstances – to attend concerts.
Importantly, the reach of our work is not just schools, but community organisations, and businesses. We have immersed 13,000 young people and their families in a world of music to support life skills, self-confidence, and well-being.