Severn Arts, a thriving charitable arts company formed in June 2018, brings high quality music and arts to a wide range of people across Worcestershire through innovative partnership working. We lead Worcestershire's Music Education Hub, deliver an arts programme on behalf of Worcestershire County Council, support the Local Cultural Education Partnership and deliver a three-year Festivals programme. Severn Arts is committed to offering new, inclusive arts activities that focus on widening access to the arts for all, with a particular emphasis on children and young people. 

Our patron is Julian Lloyd Webber.

Our vision: 

At Severn Arts we are passionate about music and the arts and their power to transform and enrich lives. Through our work and partnerships we aim to bring joy and opportunity to children, young people and the wider community of Worcestershire, whatever their background, experience or ability. 

Our strategic priorities are to: 
  • Widen reach 
  • Develop talent 
  • Be an inclusive, diverse organisation 
  • Be sustainable 

Our largest responsibility is as lead for Worcestershire’s Music Education Hub (WMEH)providing music tuition and music education in formal education settings, offering music opportunities for all children and young people in the county. Our work also supports schools and teachers to work to the objectives outlined in the National Plan for Music Education and the principles outlined in the Durham Commission’s report on Creativity in Education.   We galvanise partners to work together to provide multiple ways in which young people can develop their musical journeys, from music industry courses and recording studios at Kidderminster College, to programmes with industry partners Yamaha UK, singing with Armonico Consort and ground-breaking work with Open Orchestras in special schools. Our Music Awards Scheme is for families who can't afford the cost of music lessons. You can donate to this appeal through the website. 

Our portfolio of work includes delivering an arts programme which meets Worcestershire County Council's Corporate Plan priorities, supporting access for our communities to take part in arts activities and projects in Worcestershire. As part of our remit to support creativity in education, we coordinate the Worcestershire Cultural Education Partnership and provide professional training and networking opportunities for the creative and cultural sector. In addition, we are committed to developing new creative talent by offering workspace, apprenticeships, internships and volunteering opportunities in the arts to people living and working in Worcestershire.  

Severn Arts is a lead partner in The Arches - Worcester project - a £3m Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Cultural Development Fund award to Worcester City and is the delivery partner for the Festivals strand of the project. The Festivals team will deliver a programme of festivals and support the development and ambition of existing festivals across the city over two years.  

At the heart of everything we do is the commitment to be an inclusive, diverse organisation that embraces everyone, regardless of background or ability. Our work spans all artforms.