More (Exciting) Opportunities!

Taking Action Update 

As part the Advance Network phase 2 theme, ‘Taking Action’, we have been working with groups of educators and leaders to look at what actions can be taken to increase diversity in their context. It’s been a fascinating journey so far as we see the implications diversity can have for an organisations approach and structure.

For instance while the conversation is often on having more diverse representation among young musicians and audiences, it is also clear that one of the ways to achieve this is for the entire organisation, including the board to represent the communities they serve.

So one of the questions we have been asking educators is ‘how diverse is your staff team and board?’ Change doesn’t happen overnight of course and we need to take opportunities when they arise. So here are some, have a read, have a think and take action…

Opportunities and Deadlines!

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We are happy to share the following opportunities below, but hurry deadlines are fast approaching… Barbican and Southbank Young Orchestra for London, deadline 5th December… Future Talent Bursary Fund for talented young musicians, deadline 10th November 2014 and a vacancy for a board member at Future Talent, deadline 9th January 2015.

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FutureTalent Bursary Fund for talented young musicians is the flagship charity, which finds, funds and nurtures talented young musicians from low income families from anywhere in the UK.

You can now apply for a music bursary which provides mentoring, performance opportunities and financial support of up to £1,000 per year.

The deadline for applications is Monday 10 November. Please visit for more information and an application form.

A Young Orchestra for London

As part of a joint education project between the Barbican and Southbank Centre, to celebrate the joint Berliner Philharmoniker residency between our two organisations, we are creating a project called Young Orchestra for London. The Orchestra will be mixed age (11-21) mixed ability (Grade 3+) and will hopefully have representation of all 33 London Boroughs. Applications close on December 5th and rehearsals begin in January. The final performances will be at Barbican and at Southbank Centre in February 2015, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

As part of the course musicians will have the opportunity to play alongside and learn from Berlin Phil. players, and members of both of resident orchestras including LSO and LPO.

Please see

Future Talent are also recruiting board members

Founded in 2004 by The Duchess of Kent, Future Talent is looking for new members to join its Board of Trustees to help the Charity develop and grow. With its Chair, Nicholas Robinson and CEO, Craig Titley, the Trustees will work together to identify new funding streams and opportunities for the Charity as it strengthens its flagship role within music and education in the UK. Following the announcement of an Arts Council England Grants for the arts award and with 10 years experience supporting and nurturing young musical talent from low income backgrounds from across the UK, this is an exciting time to join the Charity and make a contribution towards its second decade. Please visit for more information



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