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A new strategy for music education in Islington

Islington is a culturally rich borough with an enviable cultural infrastructure.  Nonetheless, ensuring music provision is well-connected and reaches every child and young person regardless of background or circumstance remains a challenge.

To address this challenge, Islington Council and Dame Alice Owen Foundation, in partnership with Arts First and a host of world class providers of music education in Islington, have commissioned Sound Connections to research and create a new strategy for music education in Islington.  This is an opportunity to move towards a more joined-up, cohesive and equitable music offer.

Islington can become a borough of musical excellence where all children and young people are able to have sustained access to high quality music making opportunities.

From January 2016 onwards Sound Connections is involving stakeholders in a variety of ways:

  • Surveys for music and cultural organisations; schools and youth settings; young people; parents and carers; and residents
  • Roundtable discussion
  • Interviews with key stakeholders

If you are a school or education institution; provide music activities, projects or qualifications for children and young people ages 0-25 in any type of setting; or are a young person, parent, carer or resident interested in Islington’s music education offer then you are an important voice and we look forward to hearing from you.

Whilst the main focus is on music education, Sound Connections will also be researching broader arts in parallel.  If you are involved with arts education beyond music, questions about this will be included in the survey.

Further details about the ways in which you can engage will be available in early 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch, please contact


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