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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.


The Ark Music Programme is designed to build lifelong love of a variety of musics for all pupils in Ark schools. The Programme provides a progressive curriculum from Reception to A-level; a vocally-driven Primary Programme which broadens to whole class instrumental work; GCSE support; Gifted and Talented network ensembles; initial teacher training; and performance and showcasing opportunities.

  • Organisation Type: Academy network

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Proportion of the young musicians who face aspects from the Indices of Multiple Deprivation


Three most commonly faced challenges

Economic deprivation, English as a second language, Looked after

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, Improvisation, Instrumental tuition, Mentoring, Performance, Technology, Training, Untuned percussion, Vocal, Youth leadership


African, Asian popular, Beatboxing, Caribbean, Contemporary classical, Country, East Asian, Folk, Garage, Gospel, Hip Hop, Indian classical, Jazz & blues, Music theatre, Opera, Pop and Rock, RnB, South American

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Ark:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)