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Opportunities and resources for performers

This resource is a non-exhaustive list of opportunities, networks, venues, ensembles, record labels and events which may wish to engage performers in commissions or partnership work. It is designed to serve as a starting point. Building relationships with those within the industry is equally important.We have also included some ISM resources to help you further.

Opportunities for bands and artists to perform on stage

Various festivals from across the globe provide performance opportunities for unsigned bands and artists to perform on stage or provide their contact details for performance enquires, here we list some of these festivals.

For guidance on the festival life cycle, from programming to payment, including how to engage promoters, arranging merchandise stands and the filming of your performance see our guide How to...Play at a festival.

Brighton & Hove Pride bursaries

Brighton & Hove Pride are offering five bursaries of £250 to performers or producers in the LGBTQ+ community or allies, creating work with an LGBTQ+ narrative for Brighton Fringe 2022.

Genesis Sixteen

Applications are open to join the Genesis Sixteen scheme. The scheme lasts for one year, during which singers take part in two week-long courses and two weekend courses. To apply you must be aged 18-23, resident in the UK, receive regular singing lessons and be free for all course dates.

Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT): 2022 Auditions are open

Applications for the annual YCAT auditions are now open. Categories for the auditions are: piano solo or keyboard, collaborative piano (chamber or accompaniment), voice, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion and ensembles (of three to six performers).

Southbank Sinfonia 2022/23

Applications are now open to 33 players from all over the world to join the 2022/23 orchestra as part of the Southbank Sinfonia’s fellowship.

Youth Music NextGen Fund

This fund offers young creatives (18-25 and up to 30-year-olds who identify as Disabled) £2,500 to invest in their own projects. Open to those who live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

Jerwood Jazz Encounters Programme

This is an artist development opportunity to create and develop new ways to present jazz at festivals and outdoor sites across England. Applications are open to UK-based jazz artists who have been working as a professional musician, composer or artist for three to 10 years.


IAO-RCO Organ Playing Competition 2022

The Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO) and the Royal College of Organists (RCO) competition is now open to those aged between age 18 to 26. Prices include a first prize of £1,000, second and third prizes of £500 and £200 respectively, and recital opportunities at a number of venues.

RPS: 2022 Isserlis Scholarship

The Royal Philharmonic Society is accepting applications for its 2022 Isserlis Scholarship to study abroad. The Scholarship is open to all classical instrumentalists of any nationality between the ages of 15 and 25, and who are permanently resident in the UK.

ACM scholarships

ACM offers annual scholarships for prospective students and more information is available on their website.

Sound City: Artist Training And Development Programme

The training programme, which spans 12 months, provides support and insights for emerging artists including around recording and releasing your music, tour management, funding management, marketing, PR, personal development, and brand awareness and growth.

Listen Imagine Compose

Listen Imagine Compose are offering a Masters in Teaching and Learning, as part of their CPD programme for secondary music teachers. The course is designed to develop skills in teaching composing with KS3, KS4 and KS5 students.



Live Music Now

Live Music Now are recruiting new musicians. They offer training and paid performances to musicians at the start of their professional career, working with diverse audiences who do not normally have access to high quality live music.

PRS Foundation

Funding opportunities from the Performing Right Society's foundation.

Member Connect

Make musical connections with Member Connect, an online, private directory of current ISM members.

Is there something missing? This is not a comprehensive list. If you think something should be added in, why not email us at [email protected]. If you have your own ensemble or group or venue, why not get in touch and ask us to add it in?