Next Stage Talent Development Group

This group was created in 2019 in response to our Next Stage Artist Snapshot, which highlighted barriers artists were facing when seeking to apply for funding.

Areas of focus

This group covers how to build accessible practices into all areas of a talent development process:

  • Formating accessible application forms
  • Writing accessible application questions
  • Offering alternative ways for artists to apply/pitch themselves
  • How to provide access support for someone completing an application 
  • How to reach and work with Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists
  • Talking up your access options online and on social media
  • Recognising and removing the barriers artists may face when working with you
  • Considering intersectionality and how experiences of disability may vary


  • Arts Council England
  • Drake Music
  • Help Musicians UK
  • Jerwood Arts
  • NTS Radio
  • PRS Foundation
  • Sound & Music
  • Unlimited
  • Youth Music


We now welcome all types of talent development organisations to join this group. Although this group began as a space for funders, we are now keen to connect with initiatives and talent development platforms who also offer non-financial opportunities to artists.

Please email us to get involved: [email protected]