BCMG and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire have developed a new programme of study, NEXT, to support early career musicians who want to dedicate their professional career to contemporary music.

NEXT will be the only programme in the UK providing intensive, year-long training in contemporary music performance practice. 

During a year of intensive training participants will learn to perform some of the most inspiring and challenging works written in the last 70 years. They will receive coaching and one-to-one teaching sessions from BCMG players and world famous soloists; have many opportunities to perform, including side by side concerts with BCMG; and work directly with the world’s leading composers on the interpretation of their music.

Classes in contemporary music history and analysis, instrumental techniques and digital technologies will complement these studies, while regular lectures from artistic directors, publishers and other invited guests from the music industry will equip participants with the necessary skills to present and promote new music to different audiences.

Participants will also gain precious insights on how to run a contemporary music organisation from project/concert management to fundraising and marketing, and have the opportunity to take part in BCMG’s Learning Programme and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s community-based activities, thus developing another essential aspect of being a professional musician today.

Your support will help us bring world-renowned composers and musicians to Birmingham and to offer means tested bursaries to participants.

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Minimum monthly donation of £25 for 10 months.

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All benefits relate to your chosen project.

Project Investor

£250 and up or minimum £25 per month*

As a Project Supporter you will receive the following benefits:

  • Updates on the progress of the project
  • Recognition in project programme and literature
  • Invitation to a rehearsal related to the supported project
  • Invitation to one VIP event
  • Season round-up letter from the Artistic Director

Project Commissioner

£1,000 and up or a minimum £100 per month*

As a Project Commissioner you will receive all the benefits of a Project Investor, plus:

  • Invitation to a Major Donor event with the Artistic Director and Board Chair.

*for a minimum of 10 months