Starfish Youth Music is a music club for young people 10 -18 years old, based in Lewes, East Sussex. Since 1998 it has provided a fun and safe space for young people, helping them meet other like minded musicians, form bands, jam, write songs, play gigs and record their music. We are firm believers in creativity and personal expression through music. No matter what their level, every young musician has the ability to create their own original music. All the songs here are written by the bands.

The project

Now in its 21st year, Starfish was inspired by a visit by  Herbie Flowers Rockshop School in 1998. Since then the project has grown from strength to strength and has over a hundred members.

Despite the project’s success it faces a bleak future unless a new home can be found. The studio is on the Phoenix industrial Estate which is due for redevelopment. Steve added ‘We really need to find somewhere to go before we have to vacate. Over the years we believe the project has made a difference to hundreds of young people’s lives and has added to the vibrancy of Lewes’.

Over the coming year the project will start a campaign to find a building or piece of land in Lewes. Steve said ‘we have an outstanding track record as a music project and recently as a financially viable Community Interest Company.

I strongly believe that if a suitable space could be found we could find the money to build new studios. We are asking for support/ advice/skills from Starfish members, parents, ex Starfish people, friends of Starfish, people who value youth provision and of course our Elected Representatives’.

Steve Franklin (Director)


Fun and creative music sessions for young people aged 10 -18. The chance to play in a band, write record and perform your own music.

Outreach Workshops

We have a wealth of experience working with a diverse range of young people. Workshops are tailor made to suit the needs of groups and individuals.

Music Lessons

Affordable guitar/bass/drums lessons for beginners

Apply to join Starfish

If you would like to join a Starfish band, you can apply here…

To get involved with the

Save Our Starfish campaign

contact us by:


CALL: 01273 933416

Starfish Studios

Starfish Studios offer professional rehearsal rooms in Lewes, ideal for bands and other group events.

We also hire sound systems, lighting and stage cover for all occasions, supplying sound and lighting technicians at affordable rates.

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For general enquiries contact us at:

Find us at:

Starfish Youth Music
1a Phoenix Works
North Street
East Sussex


01273 933416

Junior sessions

Mondays 4pm - 5.30pm
Tuesdays 4pm - 5.30pm
Wednesdays 4pm - 5.30pm
Thursdays 4pm - 5.30pm

Senior sessions

Mondays 5.45pm - 7.45pm
Tuesdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm
Wednesdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm
Thursdays 5.45pm - 7.45pm