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Founded 1999
Type Youth music
Registration no. 1125646
Focus Challenging circumstances
Area served
South East England
Slogan Music Transforms Lives
Mission Provides opportunities for music making to people in challenging circumstances.
Website rhythmixmusic.org.uk

Rhythmix is one of the United Kingdom's leading music charities, providing a large range of music making opportunities for young people across the South East region. Since 1999, Rhythmix has worked with more than 40,000 young people, enabling their creative activity through music and developing their personal and social skills.


Rhythmix works with partner organisations to provide music making opportunities to children and young people in challenging circumstances and to people with dementia.

Working with a team of over 50 professional community musicians, Rhythmix is continually developing innovative and exciting new programmes that challenge young people to express their creativity.

Rhythmix has five main fields of work:

  • Alternative Education - Music making for children and young people outside of mainstream schools
  • Make Waves - Music making sessions for 11-19 year olds across Hastings and Rother
  • SEN/D: Innovate - Musical opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Music in Mind - Group music making for children and young people with acute mental health problems
  • Wishing Well - Music making in healthcare settings for unwell children and people with dementia

2011 The X Factor dispute[edit]

In 2011, Rhythmix came to widespread media attention when the television presenter and music promoter Simon Cowell attempted to trademark the name Rhythmix in relation to the girl group which featured on, and eventually won, the eighth series of The X Factor. After a legal challenge, Cowell's company, Syco, dropped the trademarking application and the group agreed to change their name to Little Mix.[1]

In response to the X Factor naming controversy, an online protest was launched to promote the Nirvana single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to 2011 Christmas number one in the UK Singles Chart, in an attempt to emulate a successful 2009 Facebook campaign to promote Rage Against the Machine's song "Killing in the Name", and hence prevent the X Factor winners from taking the spot.[2]


  1. ^ Nissim, Mayer (26 October 2013). "'X Factor' Rhythmix to change name following charity pressure". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Michaels, Sean (7 December 2011). "Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit to be re-released for Christmas". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 

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