“[Readipop has] made the most enormous impact on his life and happiness. It has been the most important part of his life since last November”

Parent of Young Person

“I love this place… My anxiety has completely gone!”

Young Person

“You have a super way of empowering the young people to help them make decisions.”

Leader of a Reading children’s care service

"This feels like home”

Young Person

“Here I am able to relax while there’s been a lot of stress at home.”

Young Person


Our projects inspire people to do more, be better and want to share their new work and interests with people. 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. We also support schools and other partners to add more music, imagination and creativity to their work.


Readipop offers a range of projects and support for young musicians. Our projects focus on developing creativity and originality and are inspired and led by the interests and  musical passion that young people bring. We specialise in working with socially excluded young people and adults and provide a safe space to learn at your own pace, develop self-expression, build confidence and to find your voice.


Readipop’s AAA programme brings together a number of projects to engage and support young people and their music.

  • Music Based Mentoring: 1-2-1 music sessions with experienced music mentors. If you know a young person who needs regular one-to-one support then contact us to request a referral.
  • Get Started With Music: A one-week intensive music project for young people aged 16-25 who are NEET (not in education, employment or training) organised in partnership with The Prince’s Trust. We run 2  projects per year in February and August. Contact the Prince’s Trust to get signed up.
  • Holiday workshops: Open access workshops.
  • AAA Open Sessions: Evening workshops for young musicians including live band workshops, music production and studio work. Contact us to find out more.
  • Music Tech Meetups: Open workshops to explore and play with the latest music gear and cool tech.

AAA is funded by Youth Music and BBC Children In Need with additional funding from the Berkshire Community Foundation and generous support from Native Instruments. The Get Started With Music programmes are run in parternship with the Prince’s Trust.


Readipop works with Primary and Secondary schools in a variery of ways. We can bring high quality taster sessions or create workshops to suit your school’s specific needs. We can provide in-class tuition, out-of-school projects, lunch or afterschool workshops or options to bring groups to our studios.


Readipop offers a variety of engaging creative workshops for schools from half-day taster workshops to regular projects. We seek funds to supportthis work so we can provide some workshops for free. Contact us to find out what we can offer now.

Workshops and projects include:

  • African hand drumming
  • Samba carnival drumming
  • Ukelele and voice
  • Live music technology eg. Kaoss Pads, iPads and more
  • Composition using graphic scores & soundtracks
  • DJ and music production


Readipop delivers popular, accessible First Access Ukulele workshops in primary schools. We can offer whole class Ukulele tuition to Primary Schools in Berkshire free of charge for up to half an academic year. This normally takes the form of weekly in-class lessons leading up to a performance in school. This work is funded by the Berkshire Music Education Hub via Arts Council and the Department For Education. Contact us for more information.


Arts Awards supports young people to develop as artists and art leaders. Children and young people aged up to 25 can participate in music workshops to acheive a national qualification. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment. Readipop is an Arts Award centre and Arts Award supporter so we can deliver a full programme including assessment of awards at Discover & Explore level through to Bronze, Silver and Gold.


Readipop is an Artsmark Partner and can support schools to gain Artsmark status. As an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation we can provide access to high quality creative experiences and bespoke music and arts projects. We can also give advice and support to find and write funding bids as well as help to monitor and evaluate your creative activity for reports to funders, partners and Artsmark.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England.

  • Artsmark provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.
  • Schools in the South are supported throughout their Artsmark journey by our regional Bridge Organisations Artswork – providing training, advice, practical teaching resources and introductions to leading cultural organisations in your area.
  • Schools are awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum, based on their achievements.
  • Artsmark has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to each school.


Readipop offers a variety of inspiring opportunities workshops for people aged 25+ including our community bands, open access workshops and 101 beginners sessions through to our choir and bands for retired people and concerts in care homes…



Culture and Arts Networking programme in partnership with Jelly and Reading Cultural Education Partnership, funded by ArtsWork.

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What People are Saying

“Genuinely Inclusive”

“The particular model and practice that I observed was the most genuinely inclusive I have ever seen”

Graeme Surtees, The Stables

“Engaging Young People”

“Each of the staff you sent were just right in leading sessions and engaging young people”

Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service

“Greatly Impressed”

“I was greatly impressed with the Urban Orchestra in MK”



David Rose, Milton Keynes Music Hub

“A Strong Reputation”

“Readipop has a strong reputation for delivering innovative and engaging arts projects”

Hannah Dix, Arts Officer, Reading Borough Council

Previous projects…

    • Mini Project
    • Reading On Tour- Music Heritage Trail
    • Glitch Club
    • Amersham Road
    • Whitley Soundtracks
    • Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities
    • Break 4 Change
      • Blessed Hugh Faringdon Samba
      • Realise
      • Weekend Warriors Outreach
      • Get Grandad to DJ
      • Band Academy & Saturday Samba School
      • Summer Music Week
      • Organisation Transformation
        • Nightingales
        • Banned Sessions
        • Amersham Road Music Project- Youth Music Partner Project
        • Band Camp & Rock Academy
        • Bishop’s Green
        • Transitions
        • Urban Orchestra
          • Cranbury College Pupil Referral Unit
          • Bucklebury Rural Music Project
          • Weekend Warriors
          • Moorside Music Project
          • Dhoom Dhamaka Indian Music Workshops