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

Isledon Arts CIC

Through Isledon Arts CIC we manage two youth hubs in Islington. Platform is a stunning new arts centre in the old Hornsey Road Baths near Finsbury Park. Lift is a healthy living hub near Angel, complete with gym, dance studio and numerous multi-use rooms. Lift Kitchen provides an in-house service for cafes at the hubs and also outside catering at local events.

  • Organisation Type: Music education hub


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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, Mental health problems, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

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, Mentoring, Performance, Vocal, Lyric development/spoken word


Dance electronic, Garage, Grime, Hip Hop, Indie grunge, Jazz & blues, Music theatre, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, Reggae, RnB, Roots

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Isledon Arts CIC are recruited from:

Participants Referred To

Some of the common 'next step' organisations for individuals working with Isledon Arts CIC:

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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)