Creative Leadership

Our Creative Leadership Programme enables musicians and music leaders at the start of their careers to make their first steps in exploring work within learning and community settings, thanks to the generous support from Help Musicians UK’s National Grants Programme.

Our year-long Trainee Music Leaders scheme allows emerging music leaders to develop practice first-hand as they take part in the planning and delivery of learning & participation projects. Trainees receive mentorship from an experienced workshop leader, observe practitioners in action at other leading arts organisations and are networked into the wider education sector.

In 2017-18 Spitalfields Music worked in partnership with LSO Discovery and Opera North for the first time, offering a total of five traineeships; three placements with Spitalfields Music, one with LSO Discovery in London, and a further placement in Leeds with Opera North.

In addition, our Skills Lab training offers three days of practical seminar sessions to 20-25 music leaders led by lead mentor John Barber and guest speakers. Past Skills Lab days have offered the chance to develop skills in leadership styles, tool-box activities, working with vulnerable adults and song-writing.

Many of our trainees have gone on to successful careers within the music sector as supporting musicians and workshop leaders, working with organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne, London Music Masters, the Roundhouse, Serious, English Touring Opera, Royal Academy of Music, LSO, RPO and Southbank Sinfonia.