We place artists at the heart of our work and are committed to nurturing their boldest and most insightful work. Over the last three years, funding from Help Musicians UK’s National Grants Programme has enabled us to support music creators to test and experiment with new ideas in our Open Call project, and continue to nurture the next generation of music leaders through our Trainee Music Leader Scheme and Skills Lab training.

Current training programmes include:

Open Call: an open commissioning project that nurtures artists from diverse backgrounds to develop their compositional practice, developing early stage pieces to a work-in-progress stage, and testing new ways to connect their work to audiences.

Partnership with Royal Academy of Music: our ongoing partnership with the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), gives their Fellow musicians a chance to stretch their performance practice, designing an engaging performance for KS2 audiences around a social theme which adapts and presents high-quality classical and contemporary music using narrative and interaction.

Trainee Music Leaders scheme: a year-long training programme for emerging music leaders to develop their skills as creative music leaders in learning and community settings. This year we are supporting 7 Trainee Music Leaders together with 6 national partners, Welsh National Opera, LSO Discovery, Opera North, Orchestras Live, Multi Story Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia. We also offer an additional 23 places to early career music leaders to take part in 3 days of Skills Lab training which forms part of the scheme.

Here’s what some of our past trainees have said about their experiences:

“I felt that throughout each project I developed more confidence to connect with new groups of pupils/adults and also I learned a lot from the team members that I had around me – not just the lead artist but also supporting musicians and the other trainees too. I learned a lot more about the style that I have when workshop leading and how to compose/use appropriate songs and material”

“I learnt from observation, fun ways to approach teaching a complex piece of music to young children and how to encourage them to develop their own creative approach to varying the material”

“I realised I was able to compose under pressure. I learnt the importance of stating who you want to be in present tense and it suddenly being realised, especially when Spitz family stated I was a composer and suddenly I had written a piece for Halley school”

“Advice to future trainees – plan your time well, ask loads of questions, talk and listen to everyone you can, and just go for it! Get stuck in because there is no other time when you can try loads of things out in such a safe environment and with so many people to help, support you and to learn from.”