The Richard Carne Junior Fellowship for Individuals

Summary

Outline

This award is designed to provide a dynamic young performer or composer with the means and the time to concentrate upon his or her personal artistic development with the support of Trinity Laban staff and full access to the Conservatoire’s resources, whilst also developing his or her professional skills and contacts. Trinity Laban will be seeking applications from individuals with a clearly defined proposal for what would form the focal point of their activities as the Richard Carne Junior Fellow, and one which was able to demonstrate sufficient synergy with the Conservatoire’s particular artistic culture and profile. Applicants should expect to contribute and add value to the Conservatoire community as well as pursuing their own careers.

Please also note that Junior Fellowship schemes are not eligible for Tier 4 student visas. All applicants need to have valid work permits/visas for the United Kingdom covering the full period of the fellowship prior to applying.

The Richard Carne Trust was set up in 2006 to assist talented young people in the performing arts. The Trust also supports the Richard Carne Quartets in Residence at Trinity Laban.

Application

An individual Richard Carne Junior Fellow will be awarded a tax-free bursary of £6,000 to help defray the cost of any tuition undertaken during the academic year of their tenure. Normally awarded for one academic year, but with an option for re-application for one further academic year, the Junior Fellowship must be taken up in the year for which it is awarded.

Available to external applicants as well as current Trinity Laban students and alumni, there is no upper age limit, though candidates will normally be aged 30 or under. Normally candidates will already have successfully completed formal studies at a level at least equivalent to a postgraduate diploma or degree, or be completing these studies in the academic year in which the application is made. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate substantial successful and relevant experience, the motivation and determination to continue intensive study, and the desire to develop their skills by working regularly with other musicians both within and outside the Conservatoire.

Conditions of Fellowship

Junior Fellows are responsible for making their own arrangements for lessons and other tuition inside and/or outside the Conservatoire, and for planning their own work routines and monitoring their effectiveness. Tuition may be either with Conservatoire staff or those not directly associated with Trinity Laban. In all cases, submitted budgets should show how the candidates expect to contribute personally to their costs for the year. Bursaries are intended to supplement, not to replace, contributions from applicants’ own resources. However they may be used to contribute to costs such as: summer school fees; tuition; competition fees; purchasing relevant scores, books, CDs/DVDs, etc.; travel/accommodation costs in relation to their activities as Junior Fellows.

Richard Carne Junior Fellows will be required to use their fellowship funds exclusively for legitimate, approved expenses. Reasonable expenses may include: coaching to assist in the preparation of a range of performance programmes; music purchases; venue hire; keyboard hire/tuning costs for performances; competition entry/travel expenses; marketing/publicity costs. Junior Fellows should also expect to fulfil such other duties as negotiated and agreed with Trinity Laban, including (though not exclusive to) the following examples:

  • organise, lead, coach, direct, inform and/or participate alongside Trinity Laban performers and composers in a range of projects and/or other activities as appropriate (N.B. these arrangements will be agreed in advance for the period September- January and again for February-June. Participation in at least one activity within each six-month period is mandatory);
  • attend/participate in selected fundraising events/concerts as a Trinity Laban representative, contributing to these as requested;
  • compile a portfolio detailing work undertaken during the year containing recordings, scores, programmes and reviews (as appropriate), and other details of their activities as a Trinity Laban Junior Fellow. N.B. as portfolios are not returned please retain a copy for your own personal records;
  • produce a short written report on activities undertaken to date by the end of the first term, and a further full written report (to accompany the portfolio of work) by the conclusion of the third term. Submission of report and portfolio to be made mid-July;
  • keep the Conservatoire and any other relevant parties informed on a regular basis of opportunities to attend performances or events in which they are involved;
  • fulfil any other duties as negotiated and agreed with Trinity Laban;
  • adhere to all other relevant Trinity Laban policies and procedures found in the Trinity Laban Regulations Handbook.

In addition, Trinity Laban will provide Richard Carne Junior Fellows with:

  • Registration/ID cardproviding full access to Trinity Laban facilities;
  • Practice Facilitiesphysical access, equivalent to that available to full-time Trinity Laban students without disadvantaging Trinity Laban students;
  • ITaccess to IT facilities within King Charles Court equivalent to that available to full-time Trinity Laban students;
  • Libraryuse and borrowing rights equal to those of full-time students;
  • Masterclasses/Understudyparticipation in Trinity Laban masterclasses as appropriate;
  • Recordinguse of the Trinity Laban recording studio at an agreed level commensurate with equivalent individuals (typically three full days), subject to the constraints of the demands on the studio and working staff time lines. Subsequent time will be charged at the appropriate Trinity Laban discounted staff rate;
  • Publicity & Marketingaccess to the advice and expertise of the Trinity Laban Marketing and Communications department, subject to the constraints of the demands on the department and working to staff time lines. (N.B. typically 2 months’ advance warning is required for all materials). Activities might include the creation of a detailed and relevant mailing list, the design of a generic flier/postcard for future publicity, etc. (N.B. use of an external designer or printer and all “additional cost” activities such as photography must be paid for by the Junior Fellow);
  • Performanceperformance opportunities as appropriate or required, to be discussed and arranged with the appropriate Head of Department in conjunction with the Fellow’s Mentor;
  • Other Professional Opportunitiescommunity/outreach work as appropriate, to be discussed and arranged with the Head of Professional Skills in conjunction with the Fellow’s Mentor.

Application Documents

  • CV: Please attach an up-to-date CV detailing your education, further tuition (if applicable) and professional experience. Being as specific as possible, please indicate how you found out about this Junior Fellowship opportunity. 
  • Covering Letter: Please attach a letter providing a brief statement (of no more than 500 words) indicating your intended personal programme over the Junior Fellowship period.
  • Short Biography: A précis (no more than 200 words) version of your biography.
  • Names of Referees: Please provide the names of two referees (preferably of national or international stature) who are willing to provide comment on both your professional work to date and your suitability for the Junior Fellowship programme, stating how long they have known you and in what capacity.
  • Professional References: Please attach scanned copies of the references from the two professional referees whose details you have supplied above.
  • Photo: please attach a high-quality (300dpi or 1MB) recent digital image of yourself.
  • Digital Recordings: Please attach at least one digital recording of a recent performance, with a total length of at least 15 minutes in duration.  As there is no limit to the file size, please submit the highest quality version you have at your disposal.

Please note that, due to the large number of applications received, should your recordings exceed 15 minutes in duration they may not be reviewed in their entirety by the panel.

Please note that failing to include any of the items listed above will adversely affect your Junior Fellowship application.

After Shortlisting

Please note that shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly and asked to submit, in a single document (either PDF or Word file), the following:

  • Study Proposal: a more detailed proposal for a personal programme of study/project. This can include the information previously included in the covering letter but should be in greater detail. There is no fixed length but that document should include:
    • Plans for study/project work both inside and outside of the Conservatoire
    • The prospective Fellow’s proposed contribution to Conservatoire life
    • An expenditure outline (including tuition and living expenses for the year)
    • The prospective Fellow’s own financial contribution to his or her costs for the year
  • CV: Please attach an up-to-date CV detailing your education, further tuition (if applicable) and professional experience.
  • Repertoire List: Please attach a full list of your current repertoire.  You can also include any reviews, press cuttings and a list of recent achievements in this section.

All shortlisted candidates will also be invited to attend an interview/audition during which they will be required to:

  • Present a programme of no more than 10 minutes’ duration, the repertoire selected most effectively to demonstrate their strengths and interests (where appropriate);
  • Meet and talk with a panel to expand on the information supplied, discuss their experience and career plans and suggest ways in which they would be able to contribute to the work of the Conservatoire as Junior Fellows. This would also be an opportunity to talk about significant achievements to date;
  • Discuss their application materials, in particular their proposal and budget.

Application Deadline and Application Fee

The next application deadline and fee to be announced.

Date of Auditions

The next audition dates to be confirmed.

 

Please find below some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this Junior Fellowship:

Q. I currently live in London but I am not a UK citizen.  Will obtaining a Junior Fellowship entitle me to remain in the UK?
A. Due to recent changes made by the UK Border Agency, holding a Junior Fellowship sadly does not entitle you to apply for a visa.  As such, gaining a Junior Fellowship will have no influence on your ability to extend your current visa.

Q: Is the application process any different for Composers?
A: While it is not mandatory for composers to supply recordings for submitted works it may benefit their application if they do. Composers are expected to submit a portfolio of works which, when performed, are of a combined minimum duration of approximately 15 minutes. While pre-recorded music can be used to an extent, it is not sufficient to play a fully pre-recorded performance at audition.  Some elements (or works) can be played to the panel in a pre-recorded format, but the audition must feature an element of live performance. As such, any composers who are shortlisted for audition will be expected to either perform their own short programme or works as a piano reduction, or supply suitable musicians or small ensembles to perform the works that constitute their short programme for the performance element of the audition. 

Q. If I am not shortlisted, will it be possible to receive feedback on my application?
A. Sadly due to the large number of applications we receive, it is not possible to provide individual feedback to applicants who were not shortlisted for interview.

Q. Can I receive advice on my application prior to its final submission?
A. Yes – should you require any guidance on the content of your application we will be happy to offer this.  This is best provided by email. Be as specific as you can with your query and we will do our best to assist you.

Q. I wasn’t shortlisted however I am a brilliant musician with glowing references.  Why is this?
A. We are not only looking for brilliant musicians but for individuals who can demonstrate an understanding of the Trinity Laban ethos and whose proposed programme of study will benefit our students as well as themselves. 

Q. You ask for a recent digital recording. What do you mean by ‘recent’?
A. While it is important you submit your best recording, we would expect that you are a developing musician who is currently possessing the best technical and expressive capacity you have had.  As such, we anticipate that the recording(s) you provide will be amongst the latest you have recorded.

Q. Can I submit just one long digital recording or should I provide lots of different, shorter recordings?
A. While there is no strict answer to this, we would recommend including 2-3 shorter but contrasting extracts or movements (for instance, highlighting different styles or where you are performing with different instruments/singers) as opposed to a single complete work or movement. 

Q. Can I submit a YouTube or Soundcloud link in my application material instead of uploading a digital recording?
A. No. If you no longer have the original file please use KeepVid or a similar online application to extract your recording from the website in question, then upload this file onto Decision Desk.

Q. I only have audio (as opposed to audio-visual) recordings of my performances.  Will this affect my chances of being shortlisted?
A. No. While an audio-visual recording is most revealing, it is the quality of the performance featured on the recording that is of greatest importance to the panel.

Q. I have a recording of a very recent concert performance and, although I am very pleased with my playing, the sound quality isn’t great.  Should I still submit it?
A. In most instances, yes – unless the audio quality makes it almost impossible to hear the quality of your performance.  Again, it is the quality of the performance featured on the recording that is of greatest importance to the panel.

Q. What is meant by ‘intended personal programme’?
A. Please detail, in no more than 500 words, what you are seeking to achieve over the 12 month period during which you are applying to be a Junior Fellow, and how this relates to your career aspirations in general. Although this is not essential, we would also recommend you discuss why you have chosen to apply to Trinity Laban and what benefit your association with Trinity Laban will bring to both yourself and to our students.

TIP: If you are currently unaware of what distinguishes Trinity Laban from its competitors we recommend that you study pages 5-7 of the Trinity Laban Strategic Plan 2014-9 ahead of drafting your personal programme of study:

www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/sites/default/files/strategic_plan_14_final_hi.pdf

Q. I have been shortlisted however I do not live in the UK.  Do I need to travel to London for my interview?
A. Not necessarily – if you are shortlisted but face difficulties getting to London on the specified audition date it may be possible to arrange a Skype audition.  This will of course require you to find a suitable location (and any additional musicians) with a good internet connection.

Q. I am looking to apply for the Junior Fellowship position as a composer. With regards to the application, when I submit recordings of my compositions, should I also include the scores?
A. Yes – if you are the composer of a work featured on one of your digital recordings we would recommend that an electronic (preferably PDF) copy of the score is submitted along with your application materials.

Q. What should I write in my budget outline?
A. The budget outline can be a simple table.  This submission requirement is designed only to demonstrate that you have considered and worked out how you will be financially supported (e.g. is this a combination of bursary, parental support and paid teaching work?) over the 12-month Junior Fellowship period.  You can of course include the Junior Fellowship bursary money in your calculations.

In terms of possible income streams and performance-related expenditure, we would suggest making a realistic guess but not going into great detail.  So long as you can demonstrate on paper that it is financially viable for you to undertake the Junior Fellowship the panel will be satisfied with your budget outline.

Q. What should my referee write in their reference letter in support of my application?
A. We do not specify what a referee should write. A reference is often only a couple of paragraphs but can be longer if your referee has more to say.  A good reference is effectively a character reference by someone who is an established musician and who has had experience of your performing in either a training or a professional context.

Q. I am seriously considering applying for the 2017/18 Individual Richard Carne Fellowship, however I am aware that this post is currently held by an individual who plays a similar instrument as I do. Will this negatively impact my application, or is it still worth applying?
A. Please be assured that the best applicant is always chosen, regardless of whether or not their chosen instrument is the same as last year’s Junior Fellowship recipient.

Q. I have completed my application materials but I am still awaiting a response from one of my referees.  Can I still submit my application?
A. While we would prefer for all the application materials to be submitted in a single document, we will accept references sent to us directly by your referee via separate cover provided they arrive prior to the application deadline.  References received late may not be considered by the panel and this could adversely affect your application.

Q. Is it possible to amend our application materials once they have been submitted on Decision Desk?
A. Once you have begun the online application process you can remove and/or replace files you have already uploaded. However once your application has been submitted you will be required to contact the Junior Fellowship administrator via email to request further amendments prior to the application deadline.

Q. I am applying for more than one Junior Fellowship programme. Does this mean that I have to submit two separate applications on Decision Desk and pay the fee twice?
A. Yes you will be required to submit two separate applications on Decision Desk as well as pay two separate fees via the online shop as you are applying to audition for two separate panels.

If you have further queries after reading all of the information provided, please email [email protected].