Readipop believes creativity is vital for a fulfilled life

Readipop’s funded 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. 



Get Started with Music (16-25 years old)


This course is an excellent opportunity for young people interested in Music to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in a top of the line Music studio here at Readipop.
Young people will learn about recording, music composition and production through group tailored sessions delivered by industry professionals with expert music coaching to develop their performance skills including drumming, vocals and guitar. They will learn about sound-checking, lights and the technical process of recording their very own CD in a state of the art music studio. At the end of the course they will produce their own showcase gig.

Upon completion of the course they will gain an Explore Arts Award and receive progression support from the Prince’s Trust to help them find and apply for further training or internships in events, production and Music Studios. We will pay for all their travel costs and lunch during the course and it won’t affect their benefits.

This course is part of the Prince’s Trust’s Get Started programme to help develop skills and confidence in young people.


Find out about the programme here.


AAA mentoring project

Readipop’s Access All Areas programme (AAA) works to improve the musical opportunites offered to young people in Reading who face barriers to participation, and sits alongside our Artist Development programme (D&D). AAA targets young people who are not accessing existing services or appropriate support for their musical and personal development.

The AAA programme includes:
– Music based mentoring sessions via referrals from a network of partnerships
– Outreach taster workshops for young people facing challenging circumstances
– Open access Friday night music sessions for teens

Arts Awards projects

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 offers a variety of engaging creative workshops. 

These include:

– African hand drumming
– Samba carnival drums
– Ukelele strum & sing band
– Music tech: Kaoss and iPad jam
– Graphic score & soundtracks


Readipop Discovery and Development project is a talent development, mentoring and networking programme, supporting the artistic and professional development of young and emerging musicians.

Reading CAN

Culture and Arts Networking in partnership with Jelly, funded by ArtsWork. Membership based website being devised for artists and teachers.

First Access

Readipop began delivery of Arts Council funded First Access Ukulele workshops in primary schools within the Berkshire Music Education Hub in September 2016.

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