Music or Lose It

Do you want to learn how to DJ or make music using a laptop?

Music or Lose It is a new music project taking place in community centres across Burnley. If you’re aged 13 – 25, come along to learn from professional musicians and have a go at a range of music making skills including DJing and music production. This project is about embracing diversity in music, expressing yourself and having a go at something new. Whether you’re into rap, hip-hop, pop, rock or something else, this project is for you.

We’re also working towards a youth led music event which will take place in Burnley in October 2024. If you’re interested in learning about how to plan and produce events, come along and learn from professional producer Rizwan Iqbal who will be supporting us to deliver the event.

Music or Lose It Preview Film

The project is led by professional artists and musicians Leon Akbar, Beki Hughes and Joe Rainbird.


The project is free to take part in and you don’t need any experience of music making to take part. All of the equipment is provided so you can just turn up and have a go.

Music or Lose It is running from October 2023 to December 2024.

The next block of sessions  will take place at West End Community Centre (Venice Street, Burnley, BB11 4BA) on Thursdays nights from 25th January 2024 to 28th March 2024. Come along to the taster session on the 18th January, 5 – 7pm to see what it’s all about.

In Spring 2o24 the project will move to Burnley Youth Zone, Whittam Street, Burnley, BB11 1LW.

If you’re aged 13 – 25 and interested in getting involved, contact Jenny on

This project is backed by Youth Music, thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England