Who We Are

CM is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music making opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

We do this through a diverse and exciting programme of courses, live gigs, informal training and events, including degree level music production and business training, free instrumental tuition, career development and support packages, music leader training courses and a whole host of live events from small intimate gigs in our purpose built theatre to hosting our own stage at the Underage Festival. All of our programme is either free or very low cost to the user.

Our experience, diverse team and industry standard facilities mean that we are able to work directly within the local community, running grass roots projects and delivering tailor-made training and support on a one to one and group level, whilst also offering our programme on a national and international basis.

We work with children, young people and adults aged 13 and up. We aim to provide a safe, welcoming space where young people and adults can explore the music making opportunities available to them, try new things and develop a passion for music.

All our tutors and leaders are professional musicians or producers currently working in the music industry. We train all our music leaders in house and all our tutors are fully qualified and highly experienced.

We work in partnership with a host of local and national companies, institutions and professionals to ensure our provision is of the highest quality. Our partners include the University of Westminster, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service, Eat Your Own Ears and Futureversity to name but a few.

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Background and Info

CM is the longest running community music company in the UK and has been working with young musicians from a variety of backgrounds since 1983. Established by John Stevens and Dave O’Donnell over 30 years ago, CM has a wealth of experience and a long track record of ground-breaking activities and quality programme.

The project has trained over 10000 professional musicians, many of whom have gone on to work in the music industry and in higher and further education. It has set up or facilitated projects such as Community Music East, Community Music Wales, MIDI Music Company, London Arts Training Consortium, Asian Dub Foundation Education (ADFED), Musicians in Focus and Rising Tide at Ocean.

CM has enabled countless musicians and other organisations to establish themselves within the wider music industry, including Asian Dub Foundation, Courtney Pine, Goldielocks, Ctrl Z, Afreex, and many others.

Our Aims
  • To provide opportunities for young people and adults to access and participate in creative music making and production in modern genres.
  • To deliver, and create access routes to, Higher education in modern music for aspiring professional artists, and individual training for career development.
  • To support artists and businesses towards independence in their careers.
  • To create opportunities for music and cultural collaborations between young people across Europe.
  • To partner closely with professional promoters and festival organisers to promote new talent in successful live music contexts that guarantee audiences.
  • To challenge discrimination through positive collaborative music making experiences.
Some of our key partners and funders.
Community music gratefully acknowledges support from the following:

Frequent Questions
Getting to Community Music

Getting to Community Music

Community Music is located at The Brady Arts and Community centre and is easily accessible by public transport.

Address: The Brady Arts & Community Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU

By Underground and Rail
We are located approximately 7 minutes walk from Whitechapel station (District/Hammersmith & City Lines and London Overground). Whitechapel station is currently undergoing improvement works as part of the Crossrail scheme and will include step free access, making it accessible for wheelchair users on completion in late 2017.

The closest station currently providing step free access and the smallest gap between platform and trains (A rating) is Shoreditch High Street, which is approximately 12 minutes walk away.
To plan your journey and for up to date travel information, please visit the TFL website.

By Bus
We are easily accessible via bus with the following routes running along the nearby Whitechapel High Street: 25, 205, 253, 254 and 106. The D3 runs down Vallance Road, which meets the pedestrian end of Hanbury Street. Plan your journey using the TFL Interactive Bus Map

On Bike
Click here to plan your cycle route. The Brady Arts Centre has several cycle racks directly outside the main entrance. They are well lit and covered by CCTV.

By Car
There is no customer car park at The Brady Arts Centre. Hanbury Street is a controlled parking zone with resident permit holder parking bays. Some of these become available after 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday. For parking information please visit the Tower Hamlets council car parks website.

On Foot
Click here to find us at www.streetmap.co.uk or follow the map below, which shows how to get to us from Whitechapel station.

Customers with Limited Mobility

The main entrance to The Brady Arts Centre has a permanent ramp with handrails on both sides of the pavement. Access to the theatre space and rehearsal rooms are both on ground level. The studio is situated in the basement and has an electric stair lift suitable for all types of wheelchairs and mobility aids/vehicles.

Visually Impaired Customers

Guide dogs are welcome. All music production sessions feature software than can be adapted to assist those with visual impairment and the main studio space has a projector and large screen.

Disabled Parking

The Brady Arts Centre has a designated disabled parking bay directly adjacent to the front entrance ramp.


Customer toilets are located on the ground floor. An adapted toilet for wheelchair users is also located on the ground floor, just next to the café area.

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