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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.

Performance opportunities, bursaries and competitions

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.

Bucharest International Jazz Competition

The 17 Bucharest International Jazz Competition is open to bands and vocalists of all nationalities. Applicants must be born after 1 of July 1978 and bands may have up to six performing musicians including instrumentalists and vocalists.

LSO: The 2023 Competition

The competition is open to conductors aged 30 or under and who are citizens of the UK, countries having full membership of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Switzerland. The winner will be awarded £15,000 and have the opportunity to become Assistant Conductor with the LSO for up to one year.

Glenn Gould Bach Fellowship

Applications are open to any virtuoso - instrumentalist or vocalist who at the time of applying must be at least 23 years of age. The proposed project should centre on art-music from the Baroque period.

Sound Lab: Dazzle Diversity Initiative

Applicants should be aged 18 and over and live in Glasgow. The initiative is aimed at people who face barriers to accessing electronic music. Applicants will be selected for taster sessions to a six week DJ and music industry course.

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.

Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition 2023

The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition is searching for talented and emerging conductor. The winner of the competition will become Assistant Conductor of the Hallé, with the opportunity to work alongside the Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder CH CBE, for a minimum two-year period.

Popular ISM advice and support for performers

How to... Play at a festival

Member only

Specialist advice from George Vass (Presteigne Festival) and David Jones (Serious) on how to play at festivals. Includes a guide to preparing a technical rider.

The ISM Digital Performers Pack

Member only

The Digital Performers Pack brings together some of the ISM's most popular advice on performing online published during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also includes all new material.

Member Connect

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

Key organisations and ongoing support

PRS Foundation

Funding opportunities from the Performing Right Society's foundation.

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?