MAP (Music & Arts Production) Charity offers BTEC qualifications in Creative Media and Art & Design, alongside Maths and English, to 11-16 year olds. Our education provision is positioned alongside the charity’s work with businesses and creative partners: from screen printing firms to musicians, we offer space and support, and in return they provide our students with teaching sessions, tangible examples, and the opportunity to apply the skills they have learnt in real working environments. We have trialled and will soon add apprenticeships for over 16s, extending our support to young people beyond the existing education programme. All of this is delivered at the historic Hope Foundry, nurturing the next generation of creative professionals.


EducationEveryone has the right to an education.

EqualityEveryone should have equal access to education and opportunities for creative vocation development, regardless of background.

Music & ArtsWe believe in the transformative social impact of music and arts within our society, promoting communication between a diversity of cultures and communities.

ResponsibilityThe responsibility of creative practitioners, professionals and business toward young people and the society in which they operate should be fundamental to their day-to-day practices.

ProductionWe empower people to understand and appreciate their worth in order to learn new skills to produce their own work.

CooperationCollaboration and cooperation are essential within a sustainable model for vocational development.

Creative IndustryIn the economy of the future, creative industry will become increasingly valuable.

SustainabilityWe believe in operating sustainably, both in the model of vocational progression and environmentally.


“I don’t know anyone else who gets the opportunities I do. There are so many skilled people here to learn from, and it’s all in one place.”
Yefe, former apprentice

As a vital community asset, MAP Charity supports Leeds’ ambitious cultural strategy, highlighting the creative industries as a strategic area of growth for the city’s diverseeconomy. We create accessible pathways to further education and employment for young people, making a positive difference to the future of the creative industries – an important and booming part of the UK economy worth £92bn.

Over the last decade, MAP Charity has seen over 350 young people graduate from its formal education programmes, with many more taking part in skills sharing and work experience opportunities. In the last academic year, MAP Charity’s students demonstrated a 92% achievement rate for their desired qualification, with 100% of participants rating our support as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ (vs 30% for the same students’ ratings for their schools).

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We are forever grateful to the businesses, grant programmes and individuals who choose to support MAP Charity.

More information:

The National Lottery Community Fund 
Big Issue Invest 
Arts Council England #hereforculture
Youth Music
Leeds Community Foundation
Stowe Family Law


Music & Arts Production Leeds is a registered charity (no. 1125303) governed by a Board of Trustees who passionately apply their diverse skills to all aspects of the organisation. For more information and annual accounts from the last 10 years of MAP Charity, please visit Companies House (company no. 06274330).

Meet our Board of Trustees