We believe that the music and live events industry can only be accessible if people who are Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent or have long-term physical or mental health conditions can succeed in leadership positions. Following our first highly successful Future Leaders initative, we now plan to support ten new people who are early in or entering their careers in the music industry to develop their knowledge, skills and breadth of experience to support them to become industry leaders of the future.
The Future Leaders Programme is part of our National Lottery funded Beyond the Music initiative, which seeks to get more Deaf and disabled people working in the music industry.
We are seeking to recruit people who identify as Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent or having a physical or mental health condition who are:
- Passionate about a career in music or live events and already taking steps to achieve this.
- Willing and ready to put in the work needed to succeed in the industry.
- Able to self-reflect and use their lived experience to assist others to understand how the industry can be more accessible.
- Collaborative and keen to build positive relationships with the other Future Leaders and others in the sector.
- Curious and keen to learn from others in the sector and to put that learning into practice.
- Resourceful and able to find their own solutions to challenges, knowing when to ask others for help.
- Committed to their own personal development and willing to take charge of their own career.
- Able to identify clear goals for what they would like to achieve by the end of the programme.
What will Future Leaders get out of the programme?
Because each Future Leader’s journey will be bespoke to them, no person will get the exact same experience but areas we want to support the Future Leaders over the course of the year include:
- Accessing mentorship opportunities
- Finding and applying for work placements
- Understanding the breadth and variety of roles in the music and live events sector
- Learning how to become specialists in accessibility work, if that is what you want to do.
- Practical skills for freelance work such as invoicing clients or managing self-employment.
- Introductions to senior figures within the music industry
- Opportunities to shadow meetings and learn about new areas of work.
- Being part of a supportive network of fellow Future Leaders
- Learning how charities work, with a specific focus on the work of Attitude is Everything
- Opportunities to learn communication and media skills and act as ambassadors for Beyond the Music.
- We will also aim to support the Leaders where we can to develop in any other areas of work they are interested in,
How do you apply?
You first need to register to join our Beyond the Music Network here.
You then need to submit an application by emailing [email protected] with any one of a CV, covering letter, video recording or audio file describing how you meet the essential criteria.
Applications are open until Monday 12th June. However, we may assess some applications as they come in so may be in touch before the closing date.
If you would like to find out more or have questions about the Future Leaders Programme, email our Skills Development Manager Phoebe at [email protected].