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What is the ‘Future Leaders’ programme?

‘Future Leaders’ apprentices (aged between 13 and 25) will extend their practical skills in Carnival arts based music making (including percussion and drum kit), dance, or visual arts, as well as gain project management experience, guided by leading artists and professionals in their field. The programme includes residential weekend workshops, business and project development, and personal development opportunities to stimulate the imagination. All of this exciting content is cemented by distance mentoring from leading UK and international artists and practitioners, tutorials, and portfolio work.

By the end of their year together, we hope that all of our are in an improved position to deliver their own work, develop new ideas with other likeminded artists, and generally feel a greater sense of confidence and belief in their abilities to take their skills to the next level. We are proud to announce that since starting the programme in 2014, we have worked with over 90 young artists to develop their skills, and in just two years we have seen a huge leap in collaborations between groups, regions, and art forms. We are excite to follow their journeys over time, watch this space!

“It’s crazy to see how much has changed in a year. Those 4 residential weekends quite literally changed my life! I can never thank you all enough for accepting me on board!”   Jordan, 18


Download the course content here

What makes a ‘Future Leader’? And if we spot them, how can we help them?

They stand out. We’ve seen these talented young people up and down the country; leading bands with inspiring solos in their community drum group rehearsal, bringing alive the rhythm section of  their band, outstanding pieces of A-Level Textiles work from young faces already asking about jobs in the field, impressive choreography and performances from youth leaders and their dance groups. Future Leaders in the three arts disciplines…

  • … are likely to have already started exploring the progression route for a career in carnival arts or perform in a band
  • … may have experimented with leading sessions for others, or perhaps already run regular classes
  • … are likely to have demonstrated a regular commitment to their art form and spend a great deal of time independently practising, researching artists or performers, singing, drawing, designing… 


We want to hear from you.

Applications are currently closed, but we are about to announce some exciting news for our programmes for 2018 and beyond! 

For more info or to express and in interest in applying in future, or email us here.

Global Grooves are always on the look out for enthusiastic and skilled young people to get involved with our work (even out of Future Leaders applications windows). They may have exceptional skills in music/percussion, dance, or visual arts styles that do not immediately scream ‘Carnival’ in their content, but such individuals are welcomed to apply to the Future Leaders programme or get in touch about other opportunities to extend their repertoire and knowledge.

We imagine that all around the country there are community centres, percussion bands, youth workers, parents, and others who see these young people week in week out and wish to put resources in place to help them achieve their dreams of becoming mature, skilled young people who can really make a difference both in their community and to the sustainability of the UK arts scene as a whole.

What have our previous Future Leaders done on the course?

Combination of weekend and weeklong training residentials
These included:

  • Induction packs with full course outline
  • Tuition from local and international tutors
  • Accommodation and all meals provided
  • Mentoring (during training weekends and at home) from our mentor and artist team
  • National travel expenses
  • Global Grooves ‘Future Leaders’ t-shirt/hoodie
  • Arts Award Silver/Gold Accreditation through Trinity College London

In exchange for this unique training opportunity, all that we asked is that our Future Leaders demonstrated their commitment and enterpreneurial spirit by raising some of the course fees themselves. This amounted to around £50 per residential weekend (equivalent to around £6 a week during the 8 month programme); please read the ‘Course Fees Contributions‘ guide for more detailed information about how this worked.

Last year’s application information can be found here as a guide…


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