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Welcome To MAP Academy

Musicians Academy Programme


In 2007, session cellist, artist and educator, Ivan Hussey came to live in Ramsgate. Through working as a lecturer at East Kent College, he saw that the area had many young people with good musical talent but very little chance of working in the music industry, due to the lack of industry links in the area. In September 2013, Ivan created MAP (Musicians’ Academy Programme) with the aim to bridge this gap.

MAP is both an academy and an agency (Musicians, Artists, Producers).
MAP Platinum is a weekly programme that works with young musicians and artists aged 18 to 25 to prepare them for work in the industry. On completion of the two ­year programme, graduates join MAP Agency for presentation to the industry.

The agency has seen some recent successes. Drummer, Toby Evangelou has begun working with Sony Artist S​am Sure,​ who is tipped for big things in 2016 and recently supported Rudimental a​t Ibiza Rocks festival. Guitarist, Courtney Jones has begun working with Singer ­Songwriter E​mae ​and singer Marilyn Sky appears on R​oots Manuva’s​ new album, due for release later in 2015.

The agency’s original artists and bands have been performing throughout Kent. Singer­ songwriters Big Steve and Ross Uttridge both performed at the KMFM Events in Thanet and Maidstone and both Marilyn Sky and The Courtney Jones Trio appeared at this year’s Ramsgate Festival.
To create a MAP ladder from 7 year olds upwards Ivan has partnered with Brendan Cahill, with the aim of bringing an authentic music industry experience to young people in East Kent. These new programmes were unveiled in September 2015 aimed at younger musical talent.

MAP Junior ​is open to 7­ – 11 year olds who have an interest in music, whether they play an instrument or not. The key focus of MAP Junior is to explore a broad range of music areas, while the MAP staff assess each member’s strengths. This could unearth a natural ability in any given area of music.

MAP Silver ​is aimed at 11 – ­15 year olds who already play an instrument or sing and are keen to start developing as performance musicians or expressing themselves as music artists.
The 2 hour weekly sessions will take place after school in both M​argate a​nd W​hitstable​ and on Saturdays in C​anterbury. ​

The additional benefits are that MAP uses music as a way of developing creative thinking and originality in young people.

Ivan says: ​“Young musicians often struggle to form bands and develop their own style, that’s where MAP Silver can help them, while performing live and exploring the wider industry”.

Brendan says: ​“7­ – 11 year olds are often unsure where their true music talents lie, through MAP Junior they can try different areas and find their instrument or voice while having fun.”


We have three different courses to choose from at MAP Academy, beginning from ages 7 all the way to 25. All courses come with the possibility to progress to the next level of the MAP ladder, below is some information on the courses we offer.

We currently run MAP courses in Margate, Canterbury & Whitstable

MAP Junior

(Ages 7-10 – All Welcome)

  • Find the right instrument for you
  • Explore a broad range of music areas
  • Build self confidence and social skills
  • Work in a team towards performances
  • MAP tutors are friendly and advanced DBS checked
  • Progression opportunities to MAP Silver

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MAP Silver

(Ages 11-15)

  • Find like-­minded people to form bands
  • Work in an authentic music environment
  • Develop as a performance musician
  • Express yourself as an artist
  • Must play an instrument or sing
  • MAP tutors are friendly and ​a​dvanced​ D​BS checked

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MAP Platinum

(Ages 18-24 – Invite Only)

  • Two year part ­time programme
  • Assigned Individual Plan
  • Career development
  • Development of original music and original artists
  • Enrolment to MAP Agency
  • Exciting Industry opportunities

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Contact ivan@mapacademy.co.uk

Success Stories

Toby Evangelou

Toby Evangelou – (MAP Platinum)

Since joining MAP Academy, Toby has been presented a number of opportunities as a drummer. Through recommendation by MAP, Toby became the drummer for Ed Drewett, a protege of Professor Green, and found himself playing at V Festival, O2 Festival and others. Since then, Toby has had auditions for a number of bands including Drum & Bass artist Wilkinson, filmed at the BBC, performed with bassist Doug Wimbish and is currently working with Skip McDonald, Little Axe & Sam Sure.

Marilyn Sky

Marilyn Sky – (MAP Platinum)

Marilyn is ready for presentation to the industry. With a full set of original songs and a contemporary style that mixes Pop with Latin and Reggae, Marilyn is set to have her first radio release. Alongside this, she has been in the studio recording vocals for the new album by Roots Manuva and is also the voice of the election song by the Reality Party.

Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones – (MAP Platinum)

With a very distinct style, Courtney is about to record his first EP with his band, The Courtney Jones Trio ready for release on an independent label. Courtney is also currently working with singer / Songwriter Emae and a number of other interesting musical projects on both electric and acoustic guitar.


Our course enrolment and payment system will be available soon.

Until then, if you are interested in joining MAP, please get in touch with either Ivan or Brendan via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Leadership Team

Ivan Hussey

Ivan Hussey

Ivan has spent many years as a session player, artist and teacher. As a cellist, Ivan has played on over 300 albums with artists such as: Mick Jagger, Duran Duran, Soul II Soul, Gabrielle, Take That, Annie Lennox, The Lighthouse Family, Keane, Incognito, Jay Z and many more.

He runs his own project Celloman and has released six albums and three EP’s on his own label: Jambila Music.

Ivan is a qualified teacher and has been an FE college lecturer for 12 years. He is currently Programme Director for HNC Music at East Kent College and also lectures on their Level 3 BTEC Music programmes. In his time at East Kent College he has played a key part in setting up their student run record company and events company called TC Records and TC Promotions.

He is passionate about nurturing young musical talent and originally started MAP Platinum in 2013 to form a ‘bridge to industry’ for the most talented and committed musicians over the age of 18. Ivan strives to create industry opportunities for MAP Platinum members through his MAP Agency, recent successes include Toby Evangelou (Drummer for Sam Sure) & Courtney Jones (Guitarist for Emae) & Marilyn Sky (Roots Manuva).

You can contact Ivan at ivan@mapacademy.co.uk

Brendan Cahill

Brendan Cahill

Brendan has worked in the music industry, the business world and in education for over 25 years. Within these areas he has held a range of senior posts.

His skill-set includes leading courses, lecturing, developing the curriculum offer, quality assurance processes and managing staff and areas at FE colleges. Brendan is a qualified teacher and was an FE college lecturer for 10 years teaching to all age groups up to level 4. Prior to that he taught privately and at his own independent music school.

His background lies mainly in the music industry where he has been a professional performer, composer, music technologist and company director. He has also built companies from scratch including ventures in music recording studios, events management, retail music shop and a music teaching school.

Brendan enjoys teaching, mentoring and sharing his knowledge and experience with others.
In August 2015 Brendan left his post of Programme Area Manager in the Creative Arts at East Kent College to develop new pathways in education that he believes offer the best experience and opportunities for young people.

As well as an online college that he is building to provide learning and mentorship for students he and Ivan have developed the unique approach to music education that the MAP ladder provides not only for musicians but anyone young person who wants to improve their creative thinking and originality through music.

You can contact Brendan at: brendan@mapacademy.co.uk

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