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.

Battle of the Bands 2020

Battle of the Bands is a chance for soloists, new music ensembles, improvisers and performance artists to showcase their work in front of a small crowd and panel of industry experts. Applications must be made by 4 December.

WNO Associate Artists programme

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is searching for two young singers to join its Associate Artist programme. Applications are open until 11 November 2019.

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.

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?