The Urban Vocal Group (UVG) are a free to access charity who use music making to enhance the life chances of young people living in disadvantaged areas. We specialise in group vocals, composition, performing, recording and artist development. We deliver free workshops, weekly sessions and training opportunities to young people aged 11 – 18 in South Hampshire regardless of their experience, ability or personal circumstance.
The UVG work in some of the most deprived areas in Hampshire and our young people come from a range of social and economic backgrounds. We are also very successful in attracting participants from outside of these areas and this encourages integration and social cohesion. Some of our participants also have additional physical, emotional, social or learning support needs and we are very proud of our accessibility.
As well as developing excellent music making skills we also provide a platform where young people have the opportunity to gain transferable and valuable life skills. There are few youth music projects in the country where you will find such a diverse group of young people working together to achieve something which is truly greater than the sum of its parts. It is this integration and culture of acceptance which makes what we do unique. The UVG stands as a benchmark model for participation in youth arts, providing a safe, friendly, non judgmental environment which builds bridges, enhances life chances, reduces exclusion and brings people together.