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The Carne Trust Junior Fellowship

 The Carne Trust Junior Fellowship
Summary:Bursary for young composers
Deadline: 26 February 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018
Details: 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 Carne Trust 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 Carne Trust was set up in 2006 to assist talented young people in the performing arts. The Trust also supports the The Carne Trust Ensembles in Residence at Trinity Laban.

An individual Carne Trust 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.

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.

The Carne Trust 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 The Carne Trust Junior Fellows with:

• Registration/ID card: providing full access to Trinity Laban facilities;
• Practice Facilities: physical access, equivalent to that available to full-time Trinity Laban students without disadvantaging Trinity Laban students;
• IT: access to IT facilities within King Charles Court equivalent to that available to full-time Trinity Laban students;
• Library: use and borrowing rights equal to those of full-time students;
• Masterclasses/Understudy: participation in Trinity Laban masterclasses as appropriate;
• Recording: use 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 & Marketing: access 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);
• Performance: performance 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 Opportunities: community/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:

o Plans for study/project work both inside and outside of the Conservatoire
o The prospective Fellow’s proposed contribution to Conservatoire life
o An expenditure outline (including tuition and living expenses for the year)
o 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 application deadline is Monday 26 February 2018 at 17.00h.

The application fee is £50. Please note that this payment is non-refundable and that any application not been supported by an online payment will not be processed.