CMMI – Classical Music Mentoring Initiative

Call out for mentees

Female musicians playing violins as part of an orchestra

An opportunity for emerging classical musicians who are considering a career in classical music. This can include performance, production, composition, conducting, lecturing, teaching or any other professional as long as the subject is classical music. Once we have selected the successful applicants, we will source a bespoke mentor for each mentee, according to their interests, skills, and career intentions. If the mentee is not sure about a particular career path, the mentor will be chosen based on the mentee’s skills and interests.

Mentors include high profile professionals in various fields. Over the past few years we have built strong links with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Northern College of Music and many mentors have been sourced from these institutions as well as many other high profile musicians, composers, conductors, teachers, community musicians and academics.

Between October 2021 and February 2022 CMMI Mentees will be allocated 31 hours to develop an action plan and programme of 1:1 sessions with their mentors, at mutually convenient times. The location of these sessions can be arranged to be mutually convenient for the mentor and the mentee.

CMMI mentees will also attend 3 facilitated sessions (2 hrs each). In these sessions mentees will learn about inclusive practice, transferable skills including networking, time management, communication, finance and general organisational skills needed for any music career.

These sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • 4 to 6pm Thursday 18th November 2021
  • 4 to 6 pm Thursday 20th January 2022
  • 4 to 6pm Thursday 17 February 2022

Mentees will be paid at a rate of £10 per hour.

Deadline for applications

All applications are to be received by 12 noon on Friday 17th September 2021.

Application process

To apply please fill in our online application form by clicking here. (Please note that once you have completed the application you may be asked to register with Middlesbrough Council – this part is not necessary to submit your application. Once you arrive at the summary screen, the process is complete and you may close your browser window.)

Alternatively you can download a word version of the application form by clicking here and email it to

If you have any access requirements or need further support to apply please contact

Successful candidates will be notified week beginning Monday 6th September 2021. A suitable mentor will be identified and an initial meeting set in October, mentoring activities will begin with a launch meeting from 4pm to 6pm Thursday 7th October 2021.

Introduction to MUSINC

MUSINC is the music engagement strand of Middlesbrough Town Hall.

We provide opportunities for musical engagement and learning for people of all ages and abilities.

Our values

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate in music making and have a choice of progression routes which meet their individual needs and allow them to unlock and fulfil their potential. We also know that music making is linked to elevated mood and increased wellbeing. Our programmes have a strong focus on the personal and social benefits of making music together with others.

MUSINC believes passionately in the principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and support the principle that musical experiences should be HEARD:

Holistic – placing emphasis on personal, social and musical outcomes

Equitable – people facing the biggest barriers receive the most support

Authentic – developed with and informed by the people we do it for

Representative – the people we work with as participants and colleagues reflect our diverse society

Diverse – all musical genres, styles, practices are valued equally

The principles of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lie at the heart of our work. We recognise that people from under-represented groups with regards to ethnicity, socio-economic background and disability are underrepresented in our sector, and therefore we would particularly welcome applications from anyone identifying as such.

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