Association of British Orchestras

Trainee Music Leader Scheme

Spitalfields Music Bursary Closing date 05 October 2022
This year's Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader Scheme is now open for applications! The Trainee Music Leader Scheme is a paid, practical training programme for musicians from all genres who are passionate about creative music making in community settings.

The Trainee Music Leader Scheme is one of the most prestigious and respected training schemes of its kind, and since it began in 2003, many of the UK's foremost workshop leaders have trained on the scheme, crediting it with giving them the broad base of experience, skills and contacts needed to develop their successful careers in the music education sector. 

This year, five trainees will have the opportunity to develop their music leadership skills through hands-on experience and training and learn from experienced music leaders in a supportive professional environment. We will once again be working with our national partners: Britten Pears Arts, Orchestras Live and Southbank Sinfonia to recruit five trainees from across the UK for a 10-month traineeship, running between October 2022 and July 2023. 

Full information on the scheme and all of the information needed to apply can be found on our website (see below).

There will be an online Q&A session taking place this Thursday, 22nd September, between 12.30pm & 1.30pm, hosted by all four national partners, for musicians interested in applying to the scheme. Please email to sign up. 

The closing date for applications is 9am on Wednesday 5th October.

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Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Bristol,
hosted by Bristol Beacon, from 24-26 January 2024.