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A professional development programme for early career dance and music artists.

A programme of networking, intensive weekends, mentoring and access to studio space.

Thrive 2024, offered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, is a professional development initiative designed for independent dance and music professionals. Tailored to the needs of early-career artists, this programme aims to cultivate a fresh network of peers, equip participants with essential skills for sustaining their artistic careers, and foster an entrepreneurial mindset through a series of workshops, discussions, mentorship, and training sessions.

Over the course of four intensive weekends at the Trinity Laban campuses in South East London, attendees will engage in a variety of sessions covering topics such as self-sustainability in the arts (including managing a diverse career portfolio, enhancing social media and marketing skills, navigating arts funding, and mastering financial management including tax and contracts), as well as specialised workshops focusing on technique and skill enhancement within their respective art forms.

Networking opportunities, with guest speakers and facilitators providing platforms for creative exchange, skill sharing, and personal and professional growth. Additionally, participants will benefit from mentoring and Action Learning Sets, receiving three hours of personalised guidance from seasoned professionals either online or in person throughout the programme.

Access to studio space for research and rehearsals during the summer months will be provided, with potential avenues to showcase created works to the rest of the cohort.

Each participating artist will receive a £500 payment to cover expenses and as a contribution for your time. You will need to be registered as self-employed with a UTR number to access this payment and we can offer support with the HMRC process if needed. We ask that artists are available for the full programme to ensure maximum impact.

Key Dates

  • Applications open on March 4th
  • Application deadline: March 29th at 12noon
  • Responses to applicants will be sent by April 5th
  • Thrive 2024 runs from April to September 2024

We will be hosting optional information sessions on the following dates and times if you would like to talk to us more about this programme: 

  • Thursday 14th March at 10-11am on zoom 
  • Monday 18th March at 6-7pm on zoom 

Kindly respond to Kirsty Sulston, Thrive Project Manager,, indicating the day you prefer to attend. Detailed joining instructions will be emailed the day prior to the event.

For more information about the programme, please refer to the Application Pack provided below.

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The Thrive programme is funded from UK Research and Innovation through a Regional Innovation Funding grant.