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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 across UK and Europe either 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.

mjf hothouse and soundcheck

Manchester Jazz Festival (mjf) is looking for acts for their hothouse and soundcheck initiatives. Read their websites for their individual application requirements.

Opera North: Female Conductor Traineeship

Opera North are looking for female conductors based in the UK for an intensive new ten-week training scheme to take place in Leeds between 29 November – 17 December 2021 and 4 January – 18 February 2022. A bursary of £350 per week and expenses will also be provided.

NYCGB Fellowship programme 2022

The Fellowship programme is for those aged 20-27, and offers a full-year free development programme for emerging young professional choral leaders, focussing on these areas of development - career, educators, performers and leaders.

Creative Europe Desk UK: i-Portunus

i-Portunus funding, from Creative Europe Desk UK, provides financial support to help fund the cost of travel (transportation, accommodation etc.) for artists (including performers) to another Creative Europe country.

ACM scholarships

ACM launches two new scholarships, from Sylvia Massy and The Eighth Day, to it's annual scholarships programme.

Tipping Point: Songwriting Residency

Tipping Point has announced a songwriting residency for emerging artists and music creators aged between 18-25 across the North East. The residency aims to develop 12 artists’ songwriting skills and professional practices.

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.

Snape Residencies

Applications are open four times are year for the Snape Residency programme. The programme is open to artists at any stage of their career.


ReBalance is a pioneering three year programme, which will provide one week’s studio recording time to a core female band, female musician or female solo artist each month in 2019 and 2020.

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?