Bursary: £10,000 (split into monthly payments)

Time commitment: On average 2.5 days a week from April-December 2022. The programme will work around your other commitments.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is looking for people with the potential to be a great communicator, connect with people from all walks of life, and take their musical and creative skills to the next level. To apply to be a BSO Young Associate you must:

  • Be a musician, vocalist, music producer, composer, sound artist, MC or songwriter of any genre
  • Play music to a sufficiently high standard
  • Embrace different styles of music and be keen to learn new skills
  • Be passionate about music making with people of all ages, abilities and needs

Created to support those who are underrepresented in the arts, the programme is particularly targeted at musicians aged 18-26 (although applicants aged up to 30 can be considered) who are:

  • from lower income backgrounds
  • of Black, Asian or Ethnically Diverse heritage
  • identify as disabled, D/deaf or Neurodivergent
  • lacking in artistic and career opportunity due to rural isolation

We recognise that applicants may have experienced other barriers not specified here, and that socio-economic background intersects with factors of race, sex, disability and sexuality to multiply barriers to inclusion. We welcome your application.

If you have any questions about the programme or would like to find out more, join our Zoom Q&A on Tuesday 15 February 4:30-5pm. Please email echristian@bsorchestra.co.uk if you would like to attend.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview/audition on Tuesday 22 March or Wednesday 23 March in Poole. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed for attending this interview day.


The BSO is an equal opportunities and disability confident employer. Challenging barriers to high-quality music for all, the BSO is committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion in classical music, in our workforce and leadership.