Beyond Midnight University was a very innovative youth project which developed partnerships between South Birmingham College, Youth Services, West Midlands Police, Choice FM London, SRB4, Channel AKA and Galaxy FM Birmingham.

The unique part of the project was to engage young people in creative activities and sports and give them the opportunity to gain accreditation these activities. These activities took place at the time when these young people are at there most night from 7pm onwards....hence the name Beyond Midnight University. 

Special features:

We had music creators day called “Discover Music”, during which we invited the heads of Channel AKA (music channel popular with young people), Choice FM London, Galaxy FM Birmingham to talk to the young people about the music business and participate in workshops. We 175 young people turn for this event.

These young people were from the Handsworth, Winson Green and Aston area – very excluded from society, at risk and marginalised.

The project ran for six weeks. Budget was £ 45,000.


We engaged a total 475 young people.

Of the 475, 291 of the young people were new to the Youth Service.

115 young people achieved Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications in music technology, dance, performance or sports training and were awarded in from of packed audience at the Birmingham Town Hall.

Sparkbrook YIP Project.2010

Sparkbrook is an area where young people have been at risk of being seduced by extremism. We partnered with Sparkbrook YIP and Youth Music to create a music project where the  young people could learn music technology, learn about singing, rap and how to play instruments.

For 6 hours week young people in groups of 20 came and experienced the joy of music. We were visited by the board of Youth Music including famous artist Richard Stilgo who were very impressed with what we had achieved during the project.

Project length. 18 months. Budget £ 14,000


Engaged 119 young people.

Recorded over 300 hours of music.

11 young people gained a Level 1 /2 in Music Technology.

13 young people learned how to play instrument.

4 young people created music albums.

5 young people are now full time musicians / artists as a direct result of being involved in the project.

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