Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education and Community Engagement Project Management
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.
Fellowship for a New Zealand citizen
‘The Fellowship is an incredible opportunity for New Zealanders to gain international experience in the arts and cultural sector. Throughout the 12 months fellows are encouraged to question, challenge and learn how arts organisations impact the people and places that surround them. I have thoroughly enjoyed gaining hands-on experience for 9 months with Opera North, helping project manage a wide variety of community-based projects in the North of England. Through this process, combined with my study at the University of Leeds, I have been learning about how artists can collaborate and engage with diverse communities to cross physical, social and political borders. I look forward to travelling home in June to spend three months with New Zealand Opera, and applying this learning to the New Zealand cultural landscape.’ Blaire White, Pettman DARE Fellow from New Zealand 2018/19.
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, 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 does the experience in the UK connect with New Zealand Opera?
The partnership between New Zealand Opera, Opera North and the University of Leeds has been growing since 2010. We each create and tour award-winning opera and music, and we share a commitment to diversity – internally with our workforce and artists, and externally with our audiences and the communities around us.
In advance of starting in the UK, Fellows spend time with the team at New Zealand Opera, discussing the Company’s ambitions and challenges and identifying a key question to be researched in the UK. For example, How can opera companies use their resources to aid young people affected by social exclusion and/or economic hardship?; How can collaboration with other organisations and community groups benefit opera companies?; What can opera companies do to assist who are settling into a new community?
This question informs the research and practical learning for the 60-credit, practice-based project in the UK (see below). Communication with NZO continues throughout, and the learning from the project will inform the development of activity at NZO during the final three months of the Fellowship.
What do Fellows do and learn at Opera North?
For at least two days a week, Fellows are at Opera North in Leeds, within the Education and Community Partnerships departments. This includes: –
- Learning about the opera production process; meeting the creative teams and watching performances
- Gaining insights into the purpose of Education and Community Engagement (ECE) in a music organisation and how connects with and is informed by the core musical excellence
- Understanding who ECE seeks to engage with, why, and the strategic planning process
- Learning how partnerships and relationships are developed with diverse communities and schools
- Playing a key role in the project management of Opera North’s participation in the Northern Heartlands initiative in the North East of England. Opera North is developing a community opera with the intention of ‘engendering a sense of place’. It is being written in collaboration with and performed by members of the community, with leading and supporting roles performed by the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. The production will be performed at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in May 2020. See 2018/19 Fellow Blaire White’s blog for a film of a recent workshop.
- Observing and supporting activities for diverse groups including: –
- Elderly people (life-long learning)
- Early Years
- Schools – primary and secondary
- Community groups
- Youth ensembles
What does the Fellow do at the University of Leeds?
‘My studies at the University of Leeds has been a personal highlight of my Pettman Dare Fellowship. Arts Management is a relatively new field of research, and the lecturers at University of Leeds are leading development in this field. Attending these lectures have encouraged me to think critically about how arts organisations are funded and managed, how they engage with their audiences, and how they stay relevant in today’s climate. All theory is related to practice, with case studies taken from arts and cultural industries from around the world.’ Blaire White- Pettman Dare Fellow 2018/19
You spend at least two days a week studying at the university or researching off-campus. As a post-graduate student, you have access to the vast range of learning opportunities offered by the University as well as specific support for your programme of study from your academic mentors – great for research into topics relevant to music education and community engagement.
In addition to the Diploma’s assessed modules, you can audit (sit in on, without assessment) other lectures across the campus.
- In the first term, you study one assessed 30-credit masters-level module, Arts Management and Cultural Leadership. This is a module within the MA in Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries.
- In the second term you study a second assessed 30-credit masters-level module from the MA above, Audience Engagement and Impact
- Towards the end of the first term, together with Opera North and University supervisors, you agree the focus for a 60-credit Personal Research Project, supervised by Opera North and the Head of the School of Music School of Music. Your Project is informed directly by your NZ Opera research question and your learning through the Northern Heartlands
- Examples of former Fellows’ Personal Research Projects include designing and launching the first Opera North Orchestra Camp and Creative Explorers programme; and co-project managing Opera North’s early participation in Northern Heartlands
- Examples of lectures audited by former Fellows include Critical Concepts in Applied Theatre, Live Music Management and Promotion; Critical Debates in Culture and Place; Psychology of Music; and Music and Health. You can choose to audit lectures across all faculties and disciplines.
When in the UK, do Fellows connect with organisations and activity outside Opera North and University of Leeds?
Fellows are actively encouraged to find out about and visit relevant organisations and activities across the UK. Former Fellows have, for example, visited Education and Engagement practitioners at Welsh National Opera; Scottish Opera; Glyndebourne; and Liverpool Philharmonic. Fellows are also encouraged to attend relevant conferences and symposia, subject to budget
Is there any formal training?
Yes. Fellows’ training needs are identified, and appropriate courses are sourced, such as Fundraising, and Marketing, subject to budget.
How is the Fellowship monitored?
You need to be self-driven. We provide you with a broad range of opportunities and aim to respond positively to any suggestions you have. It is up to you to make the most of them.
‘Whilst on the Pettman Dare Fellowship I have regularly met with key staff from Opera North and the University of Leeds who have mentored me throughout the fellowship. This personal development has helped me to discover what I am passionate about and shape my future career aspirations. The learning journal has been a great way for me to track my experiences, and plan so that I can make the most of my time in the UK.’ Blaire White, Pettman Dare Fellow 2018/19
- When accepting the offer, you sign a Fellowship Agreement, which outlines your commitments as well as those of Opera North and the University of Leeds.
- These are reflected in a Learning Journal, which you complete monthly. In the document you summarise what you have done, what you have learned, and you consider what future activity you will be/are interested in undertaking, in three areas: –
- Learning and experience at Opera North
- Study and assessment at the University
- Building external networks and connections
- You meet monthly with supervisors from Opera North and the University to review the Learning Journal, to discuss any challenges, and to agree any action
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
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
Applications for the 2019/20 Fellowship are now closed. The 2020/21 Fellowship will open for applications in May 2020.
If the appointed Fellow does not hold an EEA passport, a Tier 4 Student Visa is required before registering at the University of Leeds. The cost of the visa will be paid by Opera North.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Opera North and the University of Leeds encourage and welcome applications from candidates regardless of ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, religious belief or any other irrelevant factor. To support this commitment and to help us develop our policies and procedures, we ask all job applicants to complete Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey. Any information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential, be held separately from the application form and will only be used for anonymous monitoring purposes. It will not be used at any stage of the selection process. Please note all questions are optional and we respect your right not to provide all or some of the information requested, but the more information that is supplied, the more effective our monitoring will be.