Trainee Music Leader Scheme

Spring - Summer 2022

A six-month long training programme for emerging music leaders, who are passionate about creative music making in community settings.

The Trainee Music Leader Scheme is a training programme for musicians of all genres who are passionate about creative music making in community settings. TMLs have the chance to develop their music leadership skills through hands-on experience and training, and learn from experienced music leaders in a supportive environment on placements in London and with our partners Britten Pears Arts, Orchestras Live, Southbank Sinfonia and Welsh National Opera.

We particularly welcome underrepresented talent. We’d like to encourage musicians and vocalists from minoritised communities*; D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent people; and/or musicians from lower income backgrounds. 

*We use the term ‘minoritised communities’ rather than ‘ethnic minorities’, as people who are black or brown are not in a minority in East London, and are often minoritised.  We take an intersectional approach to equality, diversity & inclusion, recognising that peoples’ experiences of oppression and discrimination can be layered and complex.

How can I apply?

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for each host organisation’s application pack.

One Trainee Music Leader will be recruited for each partner. Opportunities and deadlines for each are as follows:

  • Orchestras Live (based in Leeds) – Applications now closed
  • Britten Pears Arts (based at Snape Maltings, Suffolk) – Applications now closed
  • Welsh National Opera – NOW OPEN – application deadline 9am, Monday 1st November 2021

What do music leaders do?

Music leaders work with people of all ages and all walks of life. They use music making to encourage and support the creative expression, wellbeing and confidence of the people they work with.

The world of music leadership is diverse and each music leader is unique – with their own musical journey, background, interests and passions, leading them to the communities they want to work with.

How does the scheme work?

Over the 6-month period, trainees receive:

  • Training and mentoring
    • Skills Lab training (4 days)
    • Project observation opportunities (with the host organisation or/and Spitalfields Music)
    • Mentorship helping to develop your reflective practice
  • Hands-on experience through project delivery opportunities, paid at London Living Wage (up to a total of £1500 per trainee)
    • 3 trainee group meetings (2 days in London, 1 half-day online) focusing on individuals’ aims, skill gaps and practical project planning advice
    • 8 half days of creative song-writing workshops in primary schools in Tower Hamlets, London, co-designed and co-delivered with another trainee as part of Spitalfields Music programme
    • Up to 16 half days of host organisation projects in different community settings (such as early years, older adults, people in challenging circumstances, etc. )

How can I find more information about the opportunity?

We will be hosting an online Q&A session 12.30-1.30pm on Wednesday 29th September 2021, where interested musicians can find out more about the TML scheme and speak to partner organisations. Please email ku.gro.cisumsdleiflatips@maetpl to sign up.

For more information about past Trainee Music Leaders’ experience on the programme, including blog posts by past Trainees, please see below.

Application packs:

Welsh National Opera application pack


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