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How to apply

Eligibility

To take part in the programme, participants should be:

  • Aged 12-25
  • Have some experience in their chosen art form (percussion, brass, dance, or visual arts)
  • Be passionate about their art form
  • Be based in England (limited places are available to those outside of England)*
  • Able to commit to the four residentials (22nd-27th Oct, 2nd-4th Dec, 3rd-5th Feb, 8th-13th April)
  • Be contactable via email to respond to key communications throughout

*Contact our team using the form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing [email protected] for further information

When are applications open?

APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON SUN 18TH SEPT

Suitability for the programme

Applicants are not required to come specifically from Carnival arts backgrounds (i.e. Samba dance, Afro-Brazilian drumming, Carnival costume making, or Street band brass playing), though such aspects will be a focus throughout the course in order to promote and preserve these styles in the UK. Our team of specialist tutors and mentors aim to pass on more ‘niche’ areas of study in this prestigious training initiative, which otherwise may be more difficult for you to access in a more mainstream setting. Whether you are an expert street dancer, drum kit player, brass band player, or costume-designer, we hope to receive applications from anyone who matches the Personal Specification below.

Level of experience

The diversity of ages, backgrounds and experiences is what defines the Future Leaders community. We cater to all levels  provided you do have some experience and a lot of passion for your art form; for example, some participants join the course as experienced dancers wanting to branch out in a new artistic direction. Familiarity with the art form is required, but passion is what matters. If you require assistance with access materials, please feel welcome to get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing [email protected] before applying and our super friendly, helpful team can arrange a chat with you. 

Personal specification

Future Leaders applicants should:

  • … demonstrate skill and enthusiasm within your art form/area of speciality 
  • … have a passionate interest in your art form (percussion, dance, brass, or visual arts) 

  • … be able to commit yourself fully to the eightmonth programme, including attendance at all residentials, completing the occasional distance task or prep task, and communicate when necessary with the Future Leaders team and/or a dedicated mentor to ensure maximum benefit and enjoyment of the project. 

Under 18s

All applicants under the age of 18 must discuss the programme fully with parents and guardians to ensure that everyone involved is excited and happy about the possibilities and required commitment to the programme.

Under 18s must obtain a signature from their parent or guardian, and a further phone call for confirmation will be required for safeguarding reasons. 

Geographic location of applicants

We encourage applications from all over the UK, and occasionally internationally. The majority of our placements will be given to applicants from England and Northern Ireland (due to the funding criteria); however, a small number of international and UK-wide placements will be available.

All participants will have their tuition, accommodation and meal costs covered by the course. For travel, we have a very limited budget available to support those participants who need it most.

For further clarification please get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing [email protected]

Covid-19

As much as we expect the course to be in person, unfortunately we can’t predict how the coronavirus crisis might affect the running of the programme. In the event that the course would have to run online, we would need participants to have access to a computer and the internet.

Please get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing [email protected] if this would be an issue for you so that we can help try and find a solution.

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