The Grit School is a 6-week music industry crash-course. It is open to young aspiring musicians between the ages of 16-24. The Grit School is an opportunity for participants to develop their musicianship and gain honest, valuable and professional insights into the music industry.

The course consists of one practical workshop and one business seminar per week, Each hosted by industry leaders in their fields, including major and indie label representatives, music publishers, artist managers, established and professional session musicians, producers and songwriters.

The course aims to offer a practical and realistic view of the ever-changing industry, arming young musicians with the tools, knowledge and networks they need to stay inspired in pursuing a career path in music.

The Course is sponsored by Youth Music and is offered for FREE.
The Grit School ends with a chance for the young musicians to put into practice everything they have learnt over the 6 weeks and perform at The Grit School Live Showcase.


‘The Grit School course was super useful in a variety of ways – one, in that it enabled me to get connections to industry professionals in a variety of fields within music, two, in that it has given me vital insights and new skills that will stay with me forever in my career in music, and three, in that I got to meet a group of some of the most lovely and talented young people in London, who I have been collaborating with consistently both during TGS and since the course ended.’ (2017 participant).

Images from our first two Grit School cohorts:


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Tom founded SGS in 2014, while working as a teacher in South London. He previously co-ran Bristol Couch, a platform for unsigned artists.

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