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Brass Foundations: Future Leaders' Programme

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The Brass Foundations Future Leaders’ Programme is a year-long course focused on developing the talent of youth band leaders in the brass band sector. This course provides a unique training experience, with practical workshops, ongoing mentorship, peer networking and support to complete the RSL Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Music and Performing Arts Learning


Applications are now open for the 2024-2025 programme, please familiarise yourself with the Brass Foundations Future Leaders programme document prior to applying.

Applications will close on Monday 22 July 2024.


Apply here


What’s included in the programme?

  • In-person workshop weekends in September, January and April with fellow participants of the programme
  • Mentoring across the year, delivered by BBE’s Youth Development Brass Specialists
  • Digital resources and training

Who is the Future Leaders’ Programme for?

This programme is ideal for individuals with some experience in an education or community youth setting who wish to enhance and hone their skills to become more confident and able youth band leaders. You may be:

  • A recent graduate seeking more experience in supporting music making with young people.
  • A peripatetic teacher looking for a CPD opportunity to support delivering ensembles.
  • A community youth band leader wanting confidence and guidance in their delivery.
  • A student seeking to build your skills alongside your other studies.

You must be able to commit to a year-long programme of training, workshops and mentoring equating to 38 guided learning hours, and a total qualification time of 125 hours. The course content will be focused on working with learners in their first year of playing, however, skills and learning will be applicable to working with musical learners of varying abilities.

What do I need in order to participate in the programme?

There are no formal academic requirements however you will need:

  • A competence in playing a brass instrument, reading music and understanding of music theory at a minimum level of Grade 5 or equivalent.
  • Access to an ensemble of learners / young people throughout the course of the year. If there are children (under 18’s) in this group then evidence of an enhanced DBS check will be required. 
  • Up to date BandSafe Training, or willingness to attend a training course (free for participants of the programme).
  • To be 18 years of age by the start of the course (1 September 2024).
  • Suitable equipment to access the course i.e. a computer to access training materials and online sessions, and the means to be able to fulfil assignments, some of which require video recording.
  • Commitment to attend all workshop dates (Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September 2024, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 January 2025 and Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 April 2025).
  • To complete a portfolio of evidence by July 2025.
  • A willingness to learn, engage and participate throughout the course of the programme.

How much does it cost?

The Future Leaders’ Programme is available at the cost of £540 inc VAT for Individual or Organisational members of Brass Bands England, or £600 inc VAT for non-members. This fee includes the fee for the RSL Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Music and Performing Arts Learning. This programme is supported by Arts Council England supporting the mentoring and staff time dedicated to the programme.

Please note that there are limited places available, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

Programme Document

Please find the Brass Foundations Future Leaders Course document which contains all the details regarding the course outline and content

Any questions?

For any enquiries please email To find out more about BBE Brass Foundations please visit our Brass Foundations page.