Apply to be the 2019/20 Pettman DARE Fellow

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A Pettman DARE Fellowship provides a fully funded year of applied research in Music Education and Community Engagement in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. It is delivered in a partnership between New Zealand Opera, and Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK.

As leading national cultural organisations, Opera North in the UK and New Zealand Opera create and tour opera and music of the highest quality. We seek to encourage people of all ages and from all walks of life to explore our work, and are committed to breaking down barriers to enhance the health, wellbeing, and cohesion of communities.

This Fellowship is for emerging arts professionals from New Zealand, who want to gain experience in and knowledge about community engagement in music organisations.

One Fellowship awarded to a New Zealand citizen each year

What is it?

  • It is a twelve month, fully funded programme starting in September 2019, in Leeds, UK
  • The first nine months is spent in the Education department at Opera North and at the University of Leeds UK, before spending the final three months at New Zealand Opera.
  • As a Pettman Dare Fellow you are registered as a taught post-graduate student at the University of Leeds, at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.
  • Most of the practical research takes place at Opera North, where you will assist on the Northern Heartlands Community Opera at Shildon project. You will also observe a broad range of education and community engagement activity and learn about Music Education in the context of a large arts organisation.
  • At the University of Leeds you will study Masters’ level modules on topics relevant to Music Education and the arts in the UK.

Through this combination of practical experience and academic study, the programme is assessed and accredited as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Performing Arts Management.

What benefits do Fellows get from the programme?

  • A fully funded professional development opportunity, the only Diploma of its kind in the UK.
  • The chance to learn from leading music professionals and academics when immersed in the artistic and operational culture of a leading UK opera company and in the research and educational culture of a leading UK University.
  • Practical experience supporting the project management of Opera North’s collaborative Community Opera with Northern Heartlands in the North East.
  • Knowledge of the roles, skills and processes needed to ensure engagement projects of the highest quality.
  • An understanding of the role of music organisations in the UK.
  • Enhanced personal and professional skills to support career development.
  • A network of contacts for the future.
  • Relevant professional training.

How is the Fellowship Funded?

Thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Mrs Maureen Pettman and her late husband Barrie, the Fellowship is fully funded, including: –

  • A monthly bursary of £1,350 (NZ dollar equivalent for the final three months at NZ Opera) for Fellows
  • A return flight from New Zealand and visa fees
  • University of Leeds Diploma fee
  • Training course fees
  • Fellow expenses related directly to the Fellowship in the UK, such as travel

Application process

To apply, you are required to have: –

  • New Zealand citizenship
  • a demonstrable interest in project management and arts engagement
  • a Bachelors Degree, minimum B+ average (2:1 at honours degree level UK)
  • evidence of musical understanding and experience; a background in classical music is preferred
  • an active interest in the arts, music education, and their place in society

The application deadline is 20 May 2019, 12.00 noon (GMT)

Read the full rundown and apply here.

Read a recent update from 2018/19 Fellow Blaire White.