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Future Leaders

“If we’re going to give young people a kickstart in getting involved in a career in the arts, I think Future Leaders is a perfect way of doing that.” – Dave Moutrey, CEO, HOME

What is the ‘Future Leaders’ programme?

‘Future Leaders’ apprentices (aged between 13 and 25) extend their practical skills in Carnival arts based music making (including percussion and drum kit), dance, or visual arts, as well as gain project management experience, guided by leading artists and professionals in their field. The programme includes residential weekend workshops, business and project development, and personal development opportunities to stimulate the imagination. All of this exciting content is cemented by distance mentoring from leading UK and international artists and practitioners, tutorials, and portfolio work.

By the end of their year together, we hope that all of our are in an improved position to deliver their own work, develop new ideas with other likeminded artists, and generally feel a greater sense of confidence and belief in their abilities to take their skills to the next level. We are proud to announce that since starting the programme in 2014, we have worked with over 90 young artists to develop their skills, and in just two years we have seen a huge leap in collaborations between groups, regions, and art forms. We are excited to follow their journeys over time, watch this space!


Many young people have really stood out in the Global Grooves story. Since our first ever workshop, we’ve cottoned on to young children and teenagers all over the UK who positively shone; dancers with some sort of fire in their eyes, a surprisingly mature sense of design style, a need to drum which is something more than just ‘having a bit of fun’.

Global Grooves have taken a number of these promising young artists under its wing, offering them work experience, allowing them to come along to school workshops to see the team ‘in action’.

When the team began offering workshops and courses under the name ‘Global Grooves’, there had been a great deal of discussion about how we could promote youth training to a higher level and really ensure that a constant rejuvenation and flow of young faces would remain in the Manchester arts scene and beyond.

Having delivered two fantastic years of the programme, we look forward to further developing the programme over the coming months ready for meeting the next wave of young artists who will feed into this period of national change.

For more detailed information about the Future Leaders programme, visit our dedicated site.


Supporters and funders:

  • Arts Council England
  • Bangdrum CIC
  • British Airways
  • Contemporânea
  • Cabasa Carnival Arts
  • National Foundation for Youth Music
  • The Vale

Future Leaders 2015/16

Future Leaders 2014/15