MUSIC CHANGING LIVES
Established in 1998, Readipop is an innovative music and arts charity with a strong reputation for inspirational, engaging arts projects that make a positive difference in people’s lives.
We are passionate about the power of music to communicate and bring people together.
Our work celebrates the joy of creativity and community as vital to a fulfilled life.
Registered Charity 1123962
Readipop provide access to music for vulnerable young people from hard-to-reach areas, including young offenders, the long-term unemployed, Special Educational Needs students, individuals from pupil referral units, and those who are not able to access conventional education. Our music leaders empower young people to learn and improve their music skills; helping them gain confidence in their chosen area and achieve their own goals while improving their emotional and social wellbeing.
Alongside this work, Readipop run and support a number of community bands supporting all Reading’s communities, provide music education to thousands of school children, and a development programme to help under-represented local artists thrive in the music industry.
Readipop runs a range of music and arts programmes for people of all ages and abilities to get stuck into, along with opportunities with our annual Readipop Festival.
D&D is our artists discovery and development programme for emerging artists who need support to take the next step in their creative career. Readipop offers bespoke mentoring and practical support including access to rehearsal space, recording, production, promotion, gigs, festival slots and a record label.
Readipop hosts a number of open-access community based bands that anyone can join. Some bands perform at major events and festivals whilst other play for social enjoyment, to entertain friends, family and neighbours. Readipop Studios also hosts musician meet-ups, masterclasses and short courses in all musical styles. Now is the time to get involved!
Our annual three day music festival at Christchurch Meadows, featuring internationally renowned and local acts, alongside street food, craft beer and real ales plus workshops in music, arts & dance. The festival celebrates Reading’s creativity and raises vital funds for Readipop.
Readipop Festival brings all our work together in one place every summer with our community bands and schools projects performing alongside (and sometimes with) famous musicians with songs we all know.
GET INVOLVED – JOIN A READIPOP COMMUNITY BAND
Readipop’s projects form the core of our community work. They are normally targeted at specific groups of people or parts of the community that may be facing some sort of disadvantage or complex need. Our projects inspire people to do more, be better and want to share their new work and interests with people.
We also support schools and other partners to add more music, imagination and creativity to their work. Readipop is an ARTS AWARD supporter and an accreditation centre. We support ARTSMARK and are a founder member of Reading’s CULTURAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP.
READIPOP HERITAGE TRAILS
DISCOVER READING’S HIDDEN HISTORY
Following the “Reading on Tour” music and heritage trail of 2015, the Readipop Heritage trails were created by a team of volunteers, Readipop staff and graphic designers, and culminated in a series of heritage walks around Reading town centre in 2017. Though the walking tours have now finished, four genre specific trails have been translated onto page and digitised, and can be accessed by clicking here, or by picking up the trails leaflet in one of Reading’s many museums and heritage sites. Here you will find trails on Reading’s Literary, Cinematic, Photographic and Musical history, which you can use to guide yourself around Reading’s cultural past and present.