Creative Leadership

Skills Lab Academy 2023: Professional training for community music leaders

24 January- 22 May (2023)

London, Suffolk & Leeds

A four-day training course for musicians wishing to hone their skills to work in a range of community settings

PRICE: £55 individuals/ £95 organisations/ book all 4 dates by 23rd January and get one free!

Our much-loved community music training programme, Skills Lab Academy, is back! 

What is Skills Lab Academy? It is an affordable, four-day practical training course for musicians, aged 18+, from all backgrounds who wish to develop their skills in creative music-making and leadership in a range of community settings, and meet fellow like-minded artists.

Why choose us? Spitalfields Music has 30+ years experience of delivering high-quality musical experiences in schools, care homes and other community settings. Through our Trainee Music Leader and Skills Lab programmes we have helped kickstart the careers of many of the UK’s foremost community musicians and workshop leaders.

This year’s course will be led by respected professional music workshop leaders Abimaro Gunnell and James Redwood, alongside a host of expert guest speakers from across the community music sector. The course is open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all musical genres and levels of experience, though would particularly suit those looking to build a career as a professional music workshop leader, or refresh existing skills as part of continuing professional development. This year’s course will take place in London, Leeds & Suffolk to reach more musicians than ever before.


Tickets are £55 per day for individuals/ freelancers and £95 for people supported to attend by organisations. Book for all four days by 23rd January and get one free! Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

Tickets can be booked online now via the individual event pages:

24th January 2023

16th March 2023

28th April 2023

22nd May 2023

If you require assistance, you can email us on ku.gro.cisumsdleiflatips@eciffoxob or call on 07311 622393. We are a small team, so do be patient as it may take us a day or two to get back to you. Email is usually best!


Spitalfields Music is committed to making the course as accessible as possible. Three fully-funded bursary places are available by application. Please complete this form.

We will also consider supporting other access and/or caring costs to enable as many people to attend as possible. Contact Nicole Artingstall with any access questions: ku.gro.cisumsdleiflatips@llatsgnitra.elocin


Skills Lab Academy is generously supported by The Late Christopher Vaughan, The SHM Foundation, The Wingate Foundation and other individual donors. 


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London, Suffolk & Leeds