Who are we?

The Merseyside Youth Association’s Noise project gives young people time and space to discover themselves, at their own pace, using music as the medium.

Established in 2002, our team have many years’ experience working with young people of all abilities and interests and understand the issues they face.

Noise offers a unique opportunity for Merseyside’s young musicians to make their first recordings, play their first gigs and meet other young people like themselves.

What do we do?

We offer the following free activities for young people across Merseyside:

Learn, Create, Record – one-to-one instrumental and vocal tuition, creative mentoring and music support.

Turn On, Tune Up – group sessions for bands and aspiring artists, covering songwriting, band development and music production.

Noise Live – performance opportunities at MYA and partner venues. Past gigs include Arts Club, The Brink, Echo Auditorium, Tate Liverpool, Zanzibar and many more.

Noise @ SPACE – musical youth club and wellbeing service. Guitar group, vocal tuition, creative mentoring and band development.

What are the project aims?

To improve young people’s lives through music.

Who is the project for?

The Noise project is for musically motivated young people from all areas of Merseyside, aged 11-25 (Noise @ SPACE sessions 11-18).

Whatever style of music you’re into, our experienced and friendly staff will help you get to where you want to be.

Instruments and equipment are provided though if you have your own please bring them along.

What is the impact?

“I feel truly indebted to Phil, Garth and Joe for all their help. Whilst they expanded my musicality and gave me an avenue to express myself they were also there for me through all the rough times.

“All of the support I received, even just knowing I had a safe place to retreat to with like minded people, was vital to getting through the weeks. I just want to say a massive thank you to the Noise Project.”
JB, 18

“Life support – better than counselling. Honestly couldn’t put it in words the help. Guitar help and expression but the personal help is better than what social services give.
DB, 18

“When I first came here I was a completely different person. I was so quiet and my confidence was rock bottom but now I can’t thank this place and people enough for how they brought my confidence along.”
CJ, 16

“A couple of weeks ago Garth Jones and Phil Kearns came into school to deliver some workshops to Year 8 pupils about tackling racism through music. The feedback from the children was extremely positive. I have included a few direct quotes below for your reading:

‘Workshop was very good, lots of fun and made me really think about racism.’
‘It was a fun way to look at racism.’
‘It couldn’t be improved, it was great. The teachers were dead funny.’

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend Garth and Phil on their enthusiasm, professionalism and just general attitudes towards the day. It was an absolute pleasure working with both of them and I would happily recommend them to other schools as well as hopefully call on them myself again in the future.”
Kerry Sloan, Maricourt Catholic High School

Where and when does it take place?

Learn, Create, Record and Turn On, Tune Up sessions take place in our purpose-built studio at MYA, Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DY.

Sessions run Tuesday to Thursday from 11am and are scheduled where possible around young people’s commitments.

Noise @ SPACE sessions run on Wednesdays, 5 till 8pm at SPACE, 106 Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 4DY.

Noise Live events are scheduled throughout the year – dates and times to be confirmed.

To book your session please call 0151 702 0700 or email

How do I get there?

We are located on Hanover Street, between The Bling Building and Subway.

You can get directions to us here

Who funds us?
National Foundation for Youth Music
Sefton Music Service