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Making Tracks is a life changing music making project delivered by leading youth arts providers Trinity, Basement Studios and ACE.

We work with young people from all different backgrounds and ages, who may be experiencing challenging personal circumstances, and offer guidance to help people develop their creativity through music-making.

90% of young people taking part in Making Tracks see an improvement in their musical practise and 85% report that they have improved confidence and self-esteem

People who take part in Making Tracks are offered sessions based on individual need – including 121 and small groups sessions. We have a range of professional tutors, who all work within the industry, on hand to support with a wide range of music making, from guitar and bass to rap and post-production.

Making Tracks is supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as support from match funders Youth Sector Support Fund.


We believe that every person should have the chance to learn and thrive through music

Making Tracks has a full programme of activity tailored to help young people take the next steps into their future.

Throughout the year we team up with leading Festivals to offer young people the opportunity to perform to thousands of Bristol’s music loving crowds, including showcases at Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol Pride and St Paul’s Carnival as well as our own annual event Garden Party.

We make sure that young people have the opportunity to experience and gain skills in music making, offering the opportunity to meet touring artists for industry Q&A’s and attending industry insight days as well as gaining accredited qualifications.

We know that the best type of learning is done in collaboration with others, especially those who the programme directly involves.

With the help of Rising Arts Agency our youth board, made up of young people who take part in Making Tracks, advise on the project alongside developing leadership skills and presenting their own live music events.

When young people have progressed through Making Tracks we work with partners and other organisations in Bristol to help young people re-engage with school, find internships, work placements, employment opportunities or to go onto higher and further education.

If you would like to take part in Making Tracks, or have a young person in mind who you would like to refer to the project the get in touch with our Music Team today.

We work in partnership with pupil referral units, schools and organisations to provide regular support.

Some of the organisations we work with are:

• NHS Bristol and South Glos Mental Health Early Intervention Team

Catch 22 who supported YP who are involved with criminal or gang activity

St Matthias Park School - Pupil referral unit

Bristol Futures Academy who support young people experiencing social anxiety

• Bristol Hospital Education Service who offer support to young people experiencing mental health issues

• Options / Evolve who work with young people with Autism

WECIL who work with adults with disabilities

Get in touch if you would like your group, school or service participants to benefit from music making education and sessions.

Meet the tutors

Find out more about the professional musicians who teach music  making skills as part of Making Tracks by clicking on the links below:

Oli Cocup  (drums/ productions / live performance)

Bethany Stenning (Vocal / Song writing / Live Performance Tutor)

Pete Warner (Drum / Piano / Live Performance Tutor)


Back in the 2010's Trinity's Fyfe Hall and Graffiti Room looked very different.


Youth Music project begins at Trinity with just 8 students

2006 – 2016

Training programme includes creative courses in graffiti, photography and music delivered in partnership with Education Unlimited, City of Bristol College, Weston College, Youth Music and also with the support of Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.


Youth Music funds the two year pilot partnership project Making Tracks. Designed to engage young people in life changing music making opportunities Making Tracks and partners Basement and ACE worked with 261 young people across 714 Sessions.

2020 – 2022

Youth Music funds two more years of Making Tracks.

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