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Applications to be a CMF Artist are held annually

Applications are now closed

Applications to be a CMF Artist will re-open in early 2018.

Our mission is to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, experience and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding profitable careers.

Through an annual competitive audition process we select classical soloists and chamber ensembles, as well as jazz, folk and world musicians. The CMF Artists then engage in an innovative two-year programme, which includes artistic and business mentoring as well as professional development workshops. These workshops cover a range of topics from managing finances, tax and pensions, and legal input on copyright and contracts, to presentation skills, promotion and publicity strategies and more.

CMF’s key position in the City means we can use our experience, knowledge and connections within the music industry, City institutions and the corporate world to provide unique and unrivalled support and education for our musicians.

We also work with the CMF Artists to establish promotional tools, such as websites, photos, recordings and videos, and the Artist Manager arranges live performance opportunities. Finally the musicians are fully supported by CMF in devising, organising, funding and promoting a bespoke musical project to help them develop a unique niche and selling point.

We believe that by investing in these talented musicians early in their professional careers we can not only secure their employment, but help to ensure the future of quality music in the UK and beyond.


The CMF Artist Programme lasts for approximately two years. The programme consists of:

  • Senior business people as personal mentors through collaborations with City firms.
  • Artistic mentoring with established, acclaimed international players.
  • A series of tailored professional development workshops and seminars drawing on an extensive network of contacts in the music industry and in City institutions and commerce. Subjects include tax and financial management, networking, presentation skills, contracts and legal issues, agents, PR, using social media, pitching to venues and festivals, programming and many more.
  • Essential promotional tools such as a new website designed and tailored to the artist’s requirements, high quality recording and a CD, and high quality photos, film and videos.
  • Day to day access to the Artist Manager who works like an agent to secure as many live concert bookings as possible
  • Help and support curating performances, which may include new commissions – musical, visual arts, poetry – to help CMF Artists develop their USP

We select CMF Artists annually through a competitive audition process, our next round of applications will open in early 2018. 


Auditions take place annually and new Artists commence every September for approximately 2 years. Therefore, we have two years’ worth of Artist running concurrently.

The number of CMF Artists selected annually is not fixed.

Applications to be a 2017 CMF Artist are now closed. Our annual application process will re-open in early 2018.


City Music Foundation updates its Conditions of Entry annually.

Information about the next round of auditions will go live on this page in early 2018.

If you have any questions about CMF or the application process, please email info@citymusicfoundation.org


City Music Foundation updates its Application and Audition Requirements annually.

Information about the next round of auditions will go live on this page in early 2018.

If you have any questions about CMF or the application process, please email info@citymusicfoundation.org

 

Application Deadline:

Applications to be a 2017 Artist are now closed

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