Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra Young Associates Scheme

Published 27 January 2022
  • The BSO Young Associates scheme is an eight month pilot programme designed to kick-start the careers of two aspiring community leaders. This bursary supported training scheme will offer bespoke mentoring and experiences for passionate creatives and will equip participants with vital skills in leading music projects in a range of health and social settings.
  • The BSO are searching for engaging young musicians aged 18 to 26 who are keen to launch a career in empowering others and are calling out to young people who are currently underrepresented in the UK’s arts workforce to apply. Allianz Musical Insurance are proud to support this initiative and continue our commitment and support to musicians from all backgrounds. 
  • A report from the Arts Council England in 2019 showed that people who identified as disabled or are from black, Asian or ethnically diverse backgrounds accounted for just 7% and 13% of those working in the UK’s creative industries respectively. An APPG report in 2021 showed that those from working class backgrounds accounted for just 16% of those working in the creative sector. The BSO Young Associates programme is in direct response, raising funds through the Big Give campaign to help support two aspiring musicians who might not otherwise have the opportunity to undertake an internship or placement to launch a career in the arts.
  • Bea Hankey, Head of BSO Participate said “Whether you’re and instrumentalist, producer, or singer songwriter we want to hear from you! We’re looking for people who are natural communicators, with and unshakeable passion for the empowering impact of music and a desire to create positive change at the heart of our communities. In exchange, you’ll receive mentoring from leading practitioners and experiences to help catapult the start of a rewarding arts career. 
  • Dougie Scarfe, Chief Executive of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra said “Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s vision is to be the cultural heartbeat at the core of our communities, both in and beyond the concert hall - the launch of the BSO Young Associates programme is an exciting moment and we can’t wait to welcome our new recruits. 
bso working with young people
The programme has been funded by a philanthropic community through the Big Give campaign, and with additional support from Allianz Musical Insurance, showing the depth of desire to ensure that doors are being held firmly open to the next generation of young people looking to create and shape their place within this brilliantly creative industry."
  • Young people with a gift for music making - and a passion for helping and inspiring others - will have the chance to put their heart and soul into inspiring all ages.
  • Applications for the BSO Young Associates programme are open until Thursday 24th February 2022. To find out more visit
Stage image credit: Mark Allen