Key Changers is an innovative new programme where we will support 12 people to become Community Music Leaders.

Please read all the information on how to apply. The apply button is at the bottom of this page.

The Key Changers programme 2024 will be from September 2024-April 2025. We are looking for 12 participants who will attend 10 training days in Brighton and a placement where they will run at least two workshops. There will be a bursary of £300 to cover all travel expenses.

What will the Key Changers Programme give you?

  • You will be given the space to develop and explore how to start a career in community music.
  • You will learn a range of musical exercises to develop a ‘tool kit’ that can be used in lots of different settings.
  • The programme will teach you the skills to be able to facilitate music workshops with a range of people.
  • By the end of the programme you will be able to engage people who are brand new to music making.
  • You will develop your own unique ‘leadership’ style.
  • You will be given an overview of community music across the UK.
  • By joining the programme you will develop both musically, personally, and socially.

What do we mean by a ‘Community Musician’?

A Community Musician is able to facilitate a group of people to make music together. They often work with groups who have limited musical knowledge. A Community Musician is not a traditional music teacher or music therapist. However, many Community Musicians develop these other skills alongside their training.


  • Day 1: Thursday 26th September 2024
  • Day 2: Friday 27th September 2024
  • Day 3: Thursday 24th October 2024
  • Day 4: Friday 25th October 2024
  • Day 5: Thursday 21st November 2024
  • Day 6: Friday 22nd November 2024
  • Day 7: Friday 13th December 2024
  • Day 8: Friday 17th January 2025
Feb/March 2025: Placements within a community setting.
  • Day 9: TBC across March 2025. Reflections on the placements. Online sessions. Or phone calls.
  • Day 10: Friday 25th April 2025. Graduation.

Before you apply, you need to be able to answer YES to these four questions.

1) Are you in recovery from addiction/alcoholism or has someone close to you been affected by addiction/alcoholism? 

2) Can you play at least one instrument and are you confident enough to play that instrument in a group setting? 

  • You don’t need to be able to read music, but you do need to be accomplished on at least one instrument. Some examples might be playing in a band, busking, jamming at home with friends. If you apply, you will be asked to send a short video of you playing an instrument.

3) Have you got a supportive network around you? 

  • Some examples might be attending regular 12 step meetings, access to a therapist, other close supportive friends/ family. (This is important as we will not be able to provide therapeutic support on this programme)

4) Can you attend all 10 learning days of the programme? 

What are our expectations if you are accepted onto the Key Changers programme?

  • You must have been sober for at least a year. If you are applying because you have someone close to you who has been affected by addiction, then we want to know how you are managing this and what support you have in place.
  • We will want to know whether you are engaging with other support services.
  • We expect you to be able to learn in a group setting and respectfully interact with others
  • We expect you to be able to attend ALL of the sessions. Please check the dates carefully before applying.


We will need two things from you:

  • A video of you playing at least one instrument. Show us how you might use your musical skills. If you are a singer, please demonstrate your vocal abilities. We believe you don’t need to be able to read music to be a confident community musician.
  • You will need to fill in a form and answer four questions.

Both the video and form needs to be sent to XXXXX

Dates for the application process:

Stage 1: April xx – June xx 2024: Applications open.

Stage 2: July 22nd-August 2nd : Telephone/Zoom interviews

Stage 3: August 5th-9th 2024 Decisions made. You will be notified of whether you have been accepted onto the Key Changers Programme.

Ready to apply? Please click on the button to download the form