Future Leaders

We’re especially proud of our Future Leaders programme, designed to enable the next generation of arts leaders to pave the way for those that follow.

Future Leaders is an innovative training programme in music, dance, and visual arts for emerging young artists aged 13-25.

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, receive a qualification, and gain a deeper understanding of what goes on in the industry behind-the-scenes.

Successful applicants to the scheme come from all over the UK, are usually aged between 12 and 25, and undertake residential weekends of tailored workshop sessions to explore further activities to develop at home and with the support of a home arts organisation.

Future Leaders usually 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 Future Leaders, providing them 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 training, and new arts projects and collaborations have arisen as a result of the network.

Keep an eye on our Get Involved page for announcements about the next cohort and applications.

Applicants to Future Leaders must:

  • demonstrate a high level of skill within their area of speciality;
  • have a passionate interest in their art form
  • be able to commit themselves fully to the one-year programme, including attendance at all residential weekends, complete all distance-learning tasks, and obtain support from a local arts organisation to ensure maximum benefit and enjoyment of the project (our team will assist with this).

To learn more about Future Leaders, take a look at some of our videos and visit the dedicated programme website.

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