Transforming Communities

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS in London and the South East!

Elderly man smiling sitting next to musician playing guitar.

Live Music Now is looking to recruit exceptional professional musicians in London and the South East. Applications are open here and recruitment workshops will be held in London in November 2023. The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 16th October 2023. Live Music Now musicians work flexibly in a wide range of community and public settings including special schools, care homes and […]

Live Music Now launches new musicians’ training frameworks

For 45 years, Live Music Now has been at the forefront of delivering social impact through music. Bringing together musicians and those living and working in care settings, as well as children and young people with additional learning needs, Live Music Now supports communities traditionally facing social exclusion and disadvantage with the transformative power of […]

Calling all musicians in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and more!

Live Music Now is looking to recruit musicians residing in Derbyshire, Durham & Tees Valley, Hull, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, East, West, South and North Yorkshire. Applications are open now here and close on the 28th of February, 2022 at 9am for the York workshop and 7th of March, 2022 at 9am for the Newcastle workshop. Live […]

Live Music Now launches new Strategic Intent

The impact of COVID-19 and the rapidly changing landscape in the UK calls for a new approach at Live Music Now. Combined with the development in strategy and outlook by major sector partners, and the Arts Councils of England, Northern Ireland and Wales, a dynamic and responsive new Strategic Intent is necessary: one that enables […]

Songwriting retreat for Live Music Now Wales musicians

Live Music Now musicians in Wales have been on their first creative retreat, in the glorious surrounds of sunny Somerset. Between 20th-22nd September 2021, five musicians took a wellness break with a focus on developing songwriting skills thanks to funding from Arts Council Wales‘ second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund. As well as creative […]

Alumni interview with Paul Carey Jones

Live Music Now artist and singer Mimi Doulton interviews Live Music Now alumnus, the bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones about his time on the scheme, returning to work after the pandemic, and his new book ‘Giving it Away’. Mimi: Tell me about your time with Live Music Now. Paul: I joined the scheme towards the end […]

Kirsten Miller: A Musician’s Life in Pandemic

It was Saturday 13th March 2020 and I’d squeezed into a car with one violist, two violinists, and four string instruments, heading from Cardiff to Cornwall for a wedding ceremony. A typical Saturday! We wore red, which was unusual, but a request from the brides. This turned out to be my last gig before lockdown. […]

Mimi Doulton: A Musician’s Life in Pandemic

Classical soprano, Mimi Doulton, joined Live Music Now’s South East branch in late 2019. She writes about her Covid-19 experience in her pandemic diary entry below. Mimi Doulton as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, with Gareth Edmunds, March 2019 (c) Robert Workman & Lapak in The Cunning Little Vixen, with Caroline Taylor, March 2020 Early […]

Pandemics, Performers and Promise

So much of our socialising and employment has moved online during the past year. For many, it’s been Zoom calls and pre-recorded culture on YouTube and Facebook. However, for those who work in live performance, opportunities have been few and far between. From our contact with musicians, we’ve learned their difficulties in pursuing their work […]

5KMay! Run For Heroes with Live Music Now

We’re joining charities across the UK for the 5kMay challenge to raise money for Live Music Now, while having fun and getting active. Last year’s edition led by Run For