The Urban Vocal Group (UVG) is a multi-award-winning music organisation that uses singing as a gateway to further participation in music, develop transferable skills and foster positive mental health and wellbeing in young people aged 10 - 25. Since forming in 2008 we have provided over 19,000 free music-making opportunities including group vocals, performances, recording, mentoring, and songwriting. We also provide training in the commercial aspects of the music industry. In April 2021 the charity merged with The Guildhall Trust and began a new chapter in its history.
The UVG works in some of the most deprived areas in the South East where there are higher than average levels of unemployment and child poverty and lower than average levels of education, skills, and training. For many of the young people living in these areas, their situation is further compounded by anxiety, adverse mental health conditions, bullying, or negative peer pressure.
As well as developing excellent music-making skills we also provide a platform where young people have the opportunity to gain 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 that makes what we do unique. The UVG stands as a benchmark model for participation in youth arts, providing a safe, friendly, nonjudgmental environment that builds bridges, enhances life chances, reduces exclusion, and brings people together.