About Us

We are Europe’s largest Black-owned business and arts centre. Based in Aston, one of Birmingham’s most diverse communities, we are dedicated to raising the aspirations for the community; local people and businesses alike.

With a variety of spaces in our newly refurbished site, we will be offering a range of events, workshops and projects to encourage engagement with the arts, STEM and business within the local community. Our transformed site, which spans across 2 floors, will feature new rented offices, a coworking hub, educational courses, events spaces and a live music theatre. Legacy Centre of Excellence will also be able to support the creation and exposure of world class local and international live music across all genres in our on-site recording studio.

Formerly the Drum arts centre, the space was bought by 7E Youth Academy, a Birmingham based social enterprise founded by Keith ‘Cipher’ Shayaam-Smith. This represented a landmark in community enterprise and provided an opportunity to improve the social and economic landscape of the local area for generations to come. Through our vast programme of events, workshops and projects, we aim to be an all-inclusive, innovative hub for creative and educational prosperity.

Despite being in phase one of our refurbishment process, we believe that Legacy holds exceptional potential to achieve greatness.



Our organisation was created to serve the needs of young people in our local community. Now we want our work to serve the needs of young people locally, nationally and internationally.


We believe in our work. It is vital for us as a team and as individuals to do our best, be consistent, be transparent and deliver our work to the highest standards.


7EYA now possesses the knowledge and experience to take a leading role in youth practitioner methodology. To fulfil our purpose we must focus on excellence in project development, project delivery, project management, sustainability and governance.


We respect the communities that we serve. We encourage respect between all the practitioners and staff on our team and we respect our philosophies and practice of youth / community intervention.