Pettman DARE Fellowship in
Music Education Project Management

The 2021/22 Fellowship is closed for applications


A Pettman DARE Fellowship provides a fully funded year of applied research in the Education department at Opera North and at the University of Leeds.

The programme runs September – August

Two Fellowships are awarded each year, including one for a New Zealand citizen

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.

The majority of practical research takes place with Opera North, where you learn about Music Education in the context of a large arts organisation, and assist in a broad spectrum of initiatives developed and delivered by the Education team, including Early Years and Family, Youth, Lifelong Learning, and In Harmony.

At the University of Leeds you 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.

Who is the Fellowship for?

We particularly welcome applications from new graduates and early career professionals. You are unlikely to be shortlisted if you have already experienced a comparable paid internship.

What benefits do Fellows get from the programme?

What do Fellows do and learn at Opera North?

For at least two days a week, you are at Opera North in Leeds, within the Education department at the new Howard Opera Centre.  This includes: –

What does the Fellow do at the University of Leeds?

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 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.

How are Fellows supported and 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.

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: –

The application process

To apply, you are required to: –

Please note you are unlikely to be shortlisted if you have already experienced a comparable paid internship.

Download the application form here.

Contact. If you have any queries or require further information, please email

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.

Covid safety

Please note that the Fellowship will be delivered in line with Government guidance and laws regarding Covid19, plus any additional measures put in place by Opera North and the University of Leeds.

We endeavour to have, when feasible, face to face contact with staff at Opera North, with our partner schools and communities, with other organisations in the cultural sector, and with fellow students and staff at the University of Leeds.  There may, however, be times when opportunities have to be curtailed or cancelled, sometimes at short notice, and when home working and virtual contact is essential. As for all staff and students, a flexible approach is required.


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