DARE is a unique collaboration between Opera North and the University of Leeds, the first partnership of its kind.

We combine the very best of both organisations to deliver an outstanding and challenging programme, which leads cultural thought, learning and practice. Over 150 projects have been initiated since the creation of DARE in 2006, engaging practitioners, academics, students and audiences.  See DARE at a glance for a brief snapshot of the scale, diversity and impact of what we do.

Moy Williams pic for DARE Academy

Pettman Dare Scholarship 2016

Music Education

Open for applications


Practice-based career development in Music Education

Practice-based learning that develops expertise, skill and knowledge

Lectures, conferences and debates that challenge perspectives

New work, research and publications that inspire, inform and engage

Building skill and capacity for a more sustainable sector

Music Education leadership development

Watch and hear about DARE activity