About Us 

West Sussex Music is the largest provider of high-quality music education to children and young people in West Sussex. Our whole-class first access programmes, instrumental and vocal lessons, ensemble activities, singing and community projects, instrument loan and wide-range of large-scale events benefit over 21,000 children across the county, every year. 

Every week during term time, in Music Centres across the county, children enjoy a wide range of musical activities including bands, choirs, orchestras as well as lessons and aural and theory classes. We also offer teacher training and specialist advice and support for schools; helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes for pupils, their families and the community.   

For over 50 years, we have also supported projects that enable access to cultural opportunities for disadvantaged and disaffected young people through our strategic partnerships with other arts and cultural organisations and we play a valued role as the Music Education Hub for West Sussex. A Not-for Profit Independent Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status, West Sussex Music’s opportunities for children and young people are funded by income from parents, schools and the National Music Grant, administered by Arts Council England. West Sussex Music was incorporated on 10 May 2013 and took over the music education services from WSCC on 1 November 2013; there are Five Trustees of the Company.


“Back in 2013, West Sussex County Council took the bold step to embark on a project aimed at creating an independent, charitable organisation to continue the delivery of music education to the schools and children of West Sussex, and West Sussex Music was born. Suffice to say, the initiative has been a great success and I am hugely proud of where we are today. We have continued to nurture, inspire and enrich the lives of children though the transformational power of music as well as expanding our range of specialist support for schools. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all those who have helped and supported us along the way.” 

James Underwood, Chief Executive, West Sussex Music.






James Underwood, Chief Executive, West Sussex Music

James Underwood, Chief Executive, West Sussex Music.