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Putting David centre stage

Music is a tough industry to crack, but David Ketiku is determined to make it.

The Big Music Project helps young people aged 14 to 24 get a foot in the door of one of the world’s most competitive industries. Whether the dream is to become an artist, producer or audio engineer, the lottery-funded Big Music Project – supported by celebrity mentors such as Plan B, Ellie Goulding and Eliza Doolittle – gives practical information as well as inspiration to help make that dream a reality.

The National Lottery has awarded £42 million to 16,900 music projects across the UK, including The Big Music Project

The Big Music Project aims to build confidence, open new doors and inspire young people across the UK to fulfill their potential and achieve their personal goals.

But for many young hopefuls, including 21 year old Afrobeats artist David Ketiku, getting involved in music is more than just a possible career path – it’s also an opportunity to escape a life of gangs and crime. David suffers from sickle cell anaemia, but with help from The Big Music Project, he is determined to make it as an Afrobeats contemporary artist.

Watch David's inspirational story above and find out what the future sounds like as The Big Music Project helps tune young peoples careers on the right track.

To find out more about The Big Music Project visit

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