Are you ambitious to have a positive impact on the way professional music organisations connect with communities? Do you have the commitment to start your career through practice-led study guided by mentors from the music, operatic and academic sectors?

A Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education Project Management could be for you.

A Pettman DARE Fellowship in Music Education Project Management provides early career professionals in music engagement with a year of practice-led research in the Education department at Opera North and at the University of Leeds, before progressing to the next stage in their career.

Applications for the 2022/23 UK Fellowship are open now, and close at 23:59 BST on Sunday 19 June 2022.

The Fellowship runs from September 2022 through to August 2023, and is accredited as a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Leeds.

Click here for background information about the application process.

“The Pettman DARE Fellowship has been an incredible opportunity for me – a former teacher – to further my understanding of the relationship cultural organisations can have with schools. I have been lucky to be involved with flagship projects under the Opera North Education strand in a variety of roles, from designing evaluations to managing aspects of project delivery. I have loved the challenge each new opportunity has brought and am very much looking forward to the term ahead. Many thanks to Opera North, the University of Leeds and Maureen Pettman for their support!”
Kathy Hart, Pettman DARE Fellow 2021/22

“I have witnessed first-hand how participation in the arts impacts individuals and small groups of people. I am now learning how to deliver projects with the same positive impact but on a much larger scale, through such a highly regarded national arts organisation as Opera North.”
Hannah Greenwood, Pettman DARE Fellow 2018/19

“The Pettman DARE Fellowship provided me with an incredible foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, which I now use in my role as Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Royal Albert Hall.”
Eleanor Jones, Pettman DARE Fellow 2017/18

“Having dipped my toe into music outreach activity through Manchester University Music Society, I knew this was a vocation I wanted to explore.  The opportunity to gain experience and make a contribution at a national opera company with a large Education team is exceptional, particularly as it is supported with academic research and an accredited Diploma. My experience strengthened my commitment to a career in music education.”
Mary Mulloy, Pettman DARE Fellow 2016/17

“I’m proud to be a part of the Pettman DARE Fellowship legacy that has supported and enabled so many aspiring musicians, music educators, directors and arts leaders to pursue their passion for the arts.”
Marcus Norman, Pettman DARE Fellow 2015/16

“The Fellowship enabled me to learn what music and performance really mean for communities and individuals. I’m now giving back as a teacher in Aotearoa in New Zealand in ways that I wouldn’t be able to comprehend before my time in Leeds.”
Hugo Zanker, Pettman DARE Fellow 2011/12

Some of our former Fellows share their experience and tips: –

2017/18: Ellie Jones and 2018/19: Hannah Greenwood

2017/18: Callum Blackmore

2016/17: Adam Thompson and Mary Mulloy.

2014/15: Gemma Lee

2010/13: Hedda Oosterhoff, Hugo Zanker and Chris Clark

The Fellowships are fully funded through the generous donations of Mrs Maureen Pettman and the late Professor Barrie Pettman through the Opera North Future Fund and is delivered through the unique partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds. DARE is joined by New Zealand Opera and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

If you have any questions, please contact Fern Pullan and Becky Smith at

Opera North and the University of Leeds are committed to diversity in all aspects of our recruitment and employment practices. We actively welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, including Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities who are currently underrepresented in the workforce. To support this commitment and to help us develop our policies and procedures, we ask all Fellowship applicants to complete our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form.


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