Austen and Scott Smart started FutureDJs in 2016. They saw the AQA exam board’s decision to recognise DJ decks as instruments could open up a new future for music in schools. Austen and Scott are both experienced DJs.
They’ve performed together across the UK and Europe. They’ve also released albums on their own label, licensed music to Sony and worked with Grammy-nominated dance act Groove Armada.
Everyone at FutureDJs share Austen and Scott’s love of music and, many are musicians themselves, and care about young people having the chance to enjoy music education. The team use their backgrounds and experience in publishing, teaching, music and film to make sure our programme is available to everyone who wants it.
As more schools come aboard, the team can build on their ambition to fire young people’s passion for music and help Britain’s music industry carry on growing by nurturing new talent. If you want to know more, or arrange for us to visit your school, get in touch with the team.
We’ve got exclusive backing from Pioneer DJ, the market leader in DJ equipment.
Our study programme is the first of its kind. Faber Music, one of the world’s leading music education publishers, has seen the potential. They’ll be publishing the book in 2020.
We have a close relationship with the AQA and OCR boards. That helps us amend our study programme as we need to, so we stay in step with exam syllabuses.
We work with music hubs around the country which help schools open up music to more students.
“Nurturing and educating young talent has always been very important to me — FutureDJs are catering for a growing demand in young individuals to produce electronic music, DJ and most importantly seek genuine opportunities in the real world.”
Armin Van Buuren
Grammy award winning and five-times world number one DJ.