Are you a young musician, actively making music and looking to improve your live performance skills and take your career to the next level? Look no further than The Expression Project by True Cadence. Led by experienced music industry professionals and performers, the programme is designed to give you a masterclass in the vital skill of performing live in front of a live audience.

Through The Expression Project, you’ll learn the do’s and don’ts of live, on-stage performing, how to engage an audience, and other insider techniques to enhance your performance. You’ll also have the chance to collaborate with others on planning and executing live music events, acquiring invaluable project management skills from a self-management/independent artist point of view.

What can you expect? Increased confidence, improved live performance skills, opportunities to perform live at high-profile events, and a valuable understanding of project and self-management in the music industry. Previous participants of the programme have had the opportunity to perform at events such as the 10-year celebration of the Olympic Games at Queen Elizabeth Park in 2022.

The Expression Project is a real opportunity to take your music career to the next level. If you’re ready to hone your live performance skills and capitalise on our opportunities to perform, apply now through the registration links below, or send us a message through our “contact us” page to find out more. We can’t wait to hear from you!


  • Interactive workshops/live performance techniques: You will attend hands-on workshops led by experienced performers and music industry professionals. These workshops will cover a variety of live performance techniques, including vocal exercises, stage presence, and audience interaction.

  • Tailored 1:1 support from experienced performers: In addition to group workshops, you will have access to tailored, individual support from experienced performers.

  • Peer mentoring and group support: You will be part of a supportive and inclusive community of like-minded performers. You’ll connect with peers, share experiences, receive feedback and support one another.

  • Public speaking exercises and audience engagement: Effective communication with an audience is a crucial part of performing live. You’ll practice public speaking exercises designed to build your confidence and improve your audience engagement skills.

  • Networking and site visits to music venues: You’ll have the opportunity to visit various music venues and connect with active music industry professionals, providing invaluable networking opportunities and insights into the music industry.

  • Learning to set up live performance events: Participants will learn about the process involved from start to finish. Including: venue selection, event planning, promotion, logistics and more.

  • Portfolio-boosting experience: Participants will have the opportunity to record filmed performance videos that they can add to their portfolio. These videos can be used to showcase their skills and experience to potential clients or employers.

  • End of programme celebration and TC Certificate: At the end of the programme, participants will be celebrated for their hard work and achievements. They will also receive a certificate from True Cadence to recognise their participation and completion of the programme.


The Expression Project is perfect for those who are:

  • Passionate about music and dedicated to improving performance skills

  • Interested in pursuing a career in the music industry as a performer

  • Able to fully commit to the programme

  • Aged between 16-25 and residing, working or studying in Barking and Dagenham or the surrounding boroughs in East London.

Please note that The Expression Project is designed to improve your performance skills and is for those at are already making music/releasing music and have at least one live performance under their belt. If you don’t have original songs recorded, you will be referred to one of our music-making programmes, We Create or Coast 2 Coast Masterclass, depending on your age.


  1. To develop essential skills for professional live performances, including engaging with the audience and insider techniques to enhance on-stage performance.
  2. To gain project management skills from a self-management/independent artist perspective to successfully navigate the music industry.
  3. To build confidence and improve live performance skills.
  4. To gain knowledge of project and self-management in the music industry, enhancing learners’ employability and future career prospects. 
  5. To foster positive attitudes towards learning and personal growth.
  6. To reduce the likelihood of learners engaging in antisocial behaviour by providing a positive and constructive outlet.


Cost For Individuals
The Expression Project is available to everyone, regardless of employment or educational status. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer our programmes for free to all funded/sponsored participants. If you would like to take part in the programme but are not eligible for funded spaces, you can still opt to pay for it. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us—we would be delighted to help.

Cost For Organisations
For organisations with private learners, we offer flexible programmes that can be tailored to fit budgets while maintaining the high quality of our course content. Please do contact us to discuss your requirements and customise the course content to meet your specific needs.


True Cadence was founded by a young person, for young people. Our team’s diverse backgrounds enable us to understand the unique challenges that young people face every day in the music industry. We co-design our programs with our learners, so we can create teachings and support that are relevant and tailored to their needs. We’re not just a group of people with an idea, we are lived-experience leaders and industry professionals who live and breathe music.

As creatives ourselves, we are passionate about learning and finding new ways to support our young people in all aspects of their music careers. Our various facilitators are relatable, approachable, and provide in-depth industry knowledge and activities in an engaging, relatable, and impactful way for our learners. We are proud to support our local community and the young talent within it, as we come from the same community as our beneficiaries.



My confidence has improved being with True Cadence. There are so many opportunities, and I’ve learned so much about myself as a performer, where I’m at now and what my next steps are to improve” – Katie. 

I found it very useful, and it was nice to analyse other artists’ stage skills so that I can learn about my own skills and how I can become a better live performer” -Joshua.

The session on interview skills allowed me to understand how interviews work in the music world, and it allowed me to stress less during interviews“- D. 

Video: TC performing at Queen Elizabeth Park


Donating towards our programmes/activities will allow us to reach more young people and support them when they need it the most. Your support also means that we can provide additional learning, mentoring and employment opportunities so that our young people can continue their development outside of the funded activities.