Make some noise

National Lottery-funded The Big Music Project helps young people like David Ketiku get a foot in the door of the music business


Music is a tough industry to crack, but David Ketiku is determined to make it.

The National Lottery-funded The Big Music Project helps young people aged 14 to 24 to find their voice and get their music careers on the right track.

For many young hopefuls, including 21-year-old Afrobeats artist David Ketiku, getting involved in music is more than just a possible career path – it’s also an opportunity to escape a life of gangs and crime. David suffers from sickle cell anaemia, but with help from The Big Music Project, he is determined to make it as an Afrobeats contemporary artist.

“Before you even give your ideas legs, they already get cut down by fear – fear of money, of people not liking it – and it’s companies like the National Lottery that actually give you courage that, yeah, I can go through with this all the way,” says David.

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Tuning up

The Big Music Project aims to build confidence, open new doors and inspire young people across the UK, like David, to fulfil their potential and achieve their personal goals.

Whether the dream is to become an artist, producer or audio engineer, it provides practical information as well as inspiration to help make that dream a reality, with support from celebrity mentors such as Plan B, Ellie Goulding and Eliza Doolittle.

To date, the National Lottery has awarded £42 million to 16,900 music projects across the UK, including The Big Music Project.

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