Future Leaders

We are now open for applications for our 2021 and 2022 cohorts!

We are proud to have 120 Future Leaders in our growing network since the programme began, and we look forward to meeting many more over the coming years.

Future Leaders is an innovative training programme in music, dance, and visual arts for emerging young artists aged 12-25.

Working with likeminded artists already in the industry, participants have the opportunity to further skills and subject knowledge, get stuck into practical tasks to challenge and inspire them, and gain a deeper understanding of the arts industry behind-the-scenes. 

Successful applicants come from all over the UK, and undertake four residentials packed full of exciting Carnival arts workshops to explore further activities to develop in their home town. The course weekends are a lot of fun and everyone goes home having made new friends and creative contacts. Our residential activities and masterclasses take place in Oldham and Tameside in the North West of England.

A new wave of Future Leaders activity typically takes place every two years, and we have supported over 120 Future Leaders to date.

But the programme itself is not the end of the journey. In fact, it’s often only the beginning. We continue to mentor our Future Leaders, providing employment opportunities, either within our core team – our office manager and one of our producers are former Future Leaders, for example – or through our wider programme of activities. Many of our performers and workshop leaders have undertaken the programme training, and new arts projects and collaborations have arisen as a result of this growing and thriving network.

Accommodation costs, catering, and tuition are all covered within our programme so that funding is not a barrier for anyone wishing to take part. Contributions towards course costs are welcomed and encouraged (more info in the following pages).

Join our Global Grooves newsletter mailing list using the form at the bottom of the page to stay up to date with announcements about our future events and courses, or contact us if you’d like to chat to us about the course using the form just above that!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON SUN 26TH SEPT

How to Apply

How exciting! Here you can find our application guidelines, FAQ downloads, and the application form. APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON SUN 26TH SEPT

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