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

The DJ & MC Academy

We provide workshops in the a art of music. From songwriting and structures to music production and DJ’ing. We also have DJ vans which we take out to open spaces and estates. We write Btecs for colleges and take on a variety of volunteers and work experience placements. We have a state of the art studio and run a record label where we develop talent from indie to urban music.

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation


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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, Looked after, Attends Pupil Referral Unit

Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Barnet, Camden, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Islington
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Composition/songwriting, DJ/MC, Mentoring, Music and movement, Performance, Technology, Training, Vocal, Youth leadership


Beatboxing, Country, Dance electronic, Garage, Grime, Indie grunge, Jazz & blues, Pop and Rock, Rap MC, RnB

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with The DJ & MC Academy are recruited from:

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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)