Why we exist
Our Mission

Dedicated to improving the social and emotional well-being and educational and life outcomes of young people from less advantaged backgrounds, we use music to:

Develop self expression and communication skills

Develop self-expression and communication skills

Develop self expression and communication skills

Inspire communities

Develop self expression and communication skills

Develop self expression and communication skills

Improve musical, personal, social and emotional development

Empower youth

We are here to avert the growing crisis in young people’s mental health

with a particular focus on young females – the most at risk group for mental ill health

Rates of depression and anxiety among UK teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years

More than 110,000 children in London, or around 1 in 10, suffer with mental ill health.

Nearly 40,000 children in London suffer with anxiety

The top concern of the hundreds of thousands of young people seeking counselling at Childline is low self–esteem/unhappiness

81% of children aged 11 – 18 are lacking in confidence

1 In 6 GCSE students has avoided going to school because they felt bad about their appearance

In 2015, just 36.5% of disadvantaged pupils received ‘good passes’, compared to 64% of all other pupils (28% gap–similar to other years)

1/5 British teenagers ‘drop out of school at 16’ and 50% of girls from the poorest homes achieve no GCSE passes above grade D

Only 10% of entrants at Oxford and Cambridge university are disadvantaged pupils (2014 – 2015)

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be NEET than their peers and there are 118,000 more young women that are NEET than young men

Young people in the youth justice system are predominantly from the poorest and most disadvantaged families. 60% Of these young people have significant speech, language or communication difficulties

Between 2014 and 2016 there was a 49% increase in reported CSE crimes in London

 1/3 Of sexually exploited children are LAC

98 Children aged 10 – 14 killed themselves in Britain during the past decade and Childline have reported a record number of callers with suicidal thoughts during the past year.

With poor mental health and child poverty on the rise, urgent action is needed

And this is where Musement come in to play with our creative emotional outlet and skill developing programme, ensuring social and emotional well-being and improving educational and life outcomes for good.

‘More needs to be done to help people overcome the issue of low self esteem because of the devastating effects it can have on an individual’

NSPCC

‘Having poor literacy skills, coupled with poor self–esteem, can have a profound effect on educational life chances, employability and social cohesion’

National Literacy Trust

‘Good quality music education contributes to considerable musical and non musical benefits to pupils, parents and their communities’

OFSTED

The Evidence

‘Schools that have programmes that directly improve student’s social and emotional learning demonstrate 11% higher results in exam results’

Childrens Society

'Children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural, social, and school well-being, on average, have higher levels of academic achievement and are more engaged in school, both concurrently and in later years’

National Literacy Trust

Our Story

Musement – Sing Your Story is a fresh, new and exciting initiative, officially launched in 2018 by Cylena Powell, who was inspired beyond measure working within one of many London based secondary schools.

Often, during lunch times, young girls (particularly those from ‘disadvantaged backgrounds’ with ‘challenging behaviour’ and poor attendance) would knock on the staffroom door, asking for ‘Miss Powell’, requesting if she could do singing with them. Driven by her genuine love for helping others and her passion for music, she did not hesitate and regularly delivered fun, informal singing sessions.

The pupils would reflect on current issues, keen to hear the input from Cylena and really enjoyed this creative outlet. Interestingly, these young girls did not engage with mental health professionals (or external agencies) whatsoever or participate to this extent within formalised curricular approaches to ‘well-being’, yet they openly expressed their true emotions and explored their voice (literally and metaphorically), engaging with open arms and an open mind.

When reluctantly leaving this role, Cylena was blown away by an unexpected assembly, orchestrated by the pupils of this school. They wrote and performed songs from the heart, expressing the positive impact ‘Miss Powell’ had on them and performed dance routines specifically choreographed for her farewell assembly. ‘Miss Powell’ was ‘not like any other teacher, she got through to them like she was a preacher’ (musical quote from year 8 pupil).

Humbled and grateful for this act of appreciation, Cylena spoke to the headteacher, who explained the pupil’s collective efforts – knocking on his office, demanding him to ‘give Miss Powell a pay rise or do whatever it takes to keep her’. It was at this point, when Cylena realised the huge influence she has on young people, the impact of her natural relatability and the power of music and knew that if used correctly, she had the power to bridge the attainment gap between young people from ‘disadvantaged backgrounds’ and their peers, changing their educational and life outcomes for good. After considerable development, Musement – Sing Your Story is now HERE to make SERIOUS IMPACT on the world.

Our Vision

A mass movement of empowered, self–loving young creatives, fully engaging in education and life. A movement of positive transformation and the actualisation of potential of young people from adverse backgrounds. With positive conscious thoughts and subsequent behaviours, perceptions of ‘disadvantaged youth’ will be altered, with stereotypes blown out of the water.

London will be known as the home of muse-ical magnificence; the city of confident, literate, effective communicators, filled with talented lyricists and vocalists. Young London will be creatively expressive, open minded, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally aware individuals. There will be a significant increase in positive well being and young people will be more emotionally resilient to stressful situations, staying safe, making positive life choices and achieving positive educational and life outcomes. Young people will have more positive self regard and be less likely to seek love, affirmation and acceptance from negative sources.

The voice of young London will be heard and understood, creating impact on the world. Young people will be on the same page of the conscious, young creative's book of life. They will be responsible citizens of the world; respected musical poets. Those from adverse backgrounds will be given the opportunities they deserve, bridging the gap in our education and social systems for good.

Musement - Sing Your Story is a music based youth empowerment organisation that empowers young people to succeed on stage, in education and in l

Improve musical, personal, social and emotional development

Develop self-expression and communication skills

Empower youth

Inspire Communities

‘More needs to be done to help people overcome the issue of low self esteem because of the devastating effects it can have on an individual’

NSPCC

‘Having poor literacy skills, coupled with poor self–esteem, can have a profound effect on educational life chances, employability and social cohesion’

National Literacy Trust

‘Good quality music education contributes to considerable musical and non musical benefits to pupils, parents and their communities’

OFSTED

‘Schools that have programmes that directly improve student’s social and emotional learning demonstrate 11% higher results in exam results’

Childrens Society

'Children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural, social, and school well-being, on average, have higher levels of academic achievement and are more engaged in school, both concurrently and in later years’

National Literacy Trust