Research, Consultation and Reporting


AEMS can offer a range of research, audit, consultation, feedback and report writing skills, offering its clients a comprehensive service across its chief areas of activity, knowledge and experience. These are focused on, but not limited to, music, and other cultural elements, issues, activities and initiatives.

Some examples of work already carried out in this particular context are:

  • The initial study and report on the location, potential and viability of a music venue in Shetland, on behalf of Shetland Islands Council (1998) – eventually to become Shetland Arts cinema and music centre project MAREEL (
  • A study into the development of Shetland traditional music, in a visitor related context, using the Irish traditional music scene as a model – a research study and subsequent report commissioned by Shetland Tourist Board (1998). The subsequent initiative implementing the findings in Shetland went on to win a national tourism award - Thistle Award.Trad Session - Lerwick
  • A study into the need, potential for, and viability of, Further and Higher Education music provision within Shetland via Shetland College and in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands. This study, and subsequent report, was carried out in partnership with Adam Armit – an Edinburgh based music education specialist - on behalf of Shetland Islands Council and Shetland College. (2007)Young Shetland Musicians
  • A study and subsequent report into the potential for business development / expansion and facility relocation in respect of the ‘Wrigley Sisters’ existing private business enterprise in Orkney. The study and report was commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Development Partners Ltd. (2008)
  • AEMS was engaged to undertake an extensive local audit, and to deliver a findings report, on behalf of ‘ArtsPlay Shetland’. The study measured existing arts provision for pre-school age groups, and young people up to the age of 8 years, and from this examine the need for future arts and cultural provision in this sector in the islands.
  • AEMS was engaged by Shetland Islands Council and Shetland College (UHI) to undertake additional significant research work in respect of an earlier report into the potential for Further and Higher Music Education courses in Shetland. As a result of this NC music courses were introduced by the College (in partnership with Shetland Arts) in 2011 with the HNC course intended to start in 2012.

Over and above these specific research, consultation and reporting related projects, AEMS management was required, while employed in the role of Music Development Officer (1999 - 2006), to undertake extensive consultation, auditing and reporting provision on behalf of local and national agencies, and other funders / stakeholders, in relation to all elements of Shetland Arts Trust Music Development Project, as outlined in the Project Management section of this website.