The National Arts Centre is committed to supporting and developing comprehensive, multi-year Music Alive programming in collaboration with local partners and advisers in Nunavut.

Music Alive’s focus in Nunavut is on providing local people, especially children and youth, with opportunities to participate in the performing arts and to express themselves through music. MAP Nunavut currently works in seven communities on an ongoing basis, supporting more than 60 events and reaching more than 2,000 people annually.

The program aims to help strengthen the capacity to teach music among Nunavut’s educators and musicians, and supports mentoring and leadership training opportunities for young artists.

Music Alive and you

Interested schools and organizations are encouraged to contact us about how they can work with the NAC to bring Music Alive to youth and children in their community.

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Events and activities include

  • week-long teaching artist visits;
  • distance learning;
  • school and community workshops in fiddle, accordion, Inuit drum-dancing, hip-hop, songwriting, and more;
  • pedagogical workshops for teachers;
  • community performances;
  • instrument donation and delivery;
  • music camp support;
  • the annual Youth Symposium on Music and Leadership; and
  • resource development.

Program partners in Nunavut include the Alianait Arts Festival , the Iqaluit Music Society, and many local schools as well as local cultural and recreational organizations.

MAP Nunavut is proud to work with many established and emerging Inuit artists, including David Serkoak, Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt , Nelson Tagoona, Nancy Mike, Sylvia Cloutier, and Abraham Eetak.

Music Education Resources

All Music Alive resources and support materials can be freely accessed at the National Arts Centre's arts education website

“The National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program is doing a wonderful job of reaching out to parts of Canada that are under-served by local or regional arts organizations. I believe strongly in the power of music to help develop creativity, as well as music’s great power to help build strong communities.” Janice O’Born, Honorary Patron, MAP Nunavut

Honorary Patrons Janice and Earle O’Born

Thank you for your support

Music Alive Nunavut is made possible through the generous support of Honorary Patrons Janice and Earle O’Born, as well as:

Let’s work together!

Your organization can partner with the Music Alive Program to help us expand and provide more in-depth opportunities for your community. If you are interested in learning more about how we can work together, please contact us .