With your help, we can bring the joy of live music
to thousands more people across the UK
With your help, we can bring the joy of live music to thousands more people across the UK

Recruitment FAQs

You should be undertaking paid, public performance as part of a portfolio of work.

We are looking for brilliant performers in any genre, with a strong musical identitytechnically excellent, and with a passion for connecting with others through music. 

Anything as long as you’re portable! You’ll be working in small community venues such as care homes and schools, so big, amplified set-ups would not be suitable. 

A typical Live Music Now performance would require you to be able to perform a varied set for up to 60 mins.

Solo singers and instrumentalists would either need to accompany themselves (live not recorded) or apply with a duo partner, or be able to perform a varied and engaging programme/set for 60 minutes.  

You need to be able to perform a varied and engaging set for 60 minutes, either as solo or accompanying yourselfWe don’t encourage the use of backing tracks, though use of a loop pedal is acceptable.  

Yes, providing you meet the other criteria.

We are open to all types of music.  Much of our work is in intimate community settings, so large-scale music that requires more than 5 people, or lots of amplification and equipment probably wouldn’t work. However, we’re willing to be challenged if you think you can make it work! 

Yes.  Please mention it on your application form, and, if invited to the recruitment workshop bring all instruments   

All live music is suitable. If you need to use electronic equipment you must be able to provide your own, transport it and be able to set up easily.

Applicants must be over 18 years old. There is no upper age limit. 

Only musicians who are resident and have permission to work in the UK may apply. Exceptions may apply for musicians who reside in the Republic of Ireland.

We are looking to work with musicians who are new to working with our audiences in community venues, and keen to develop their skills in this area. This could be at any stage in your career

Yes. However, you need to consider whether you have time available to attend training and give performances on weekdays during the daytime, when most performances take place. 

Tier 4 visa holders should consult their sponsoring higher education institutions for guidance on employment and external engagements. You also need to consider whether you have time available to attend training and give performances on weekdays during the daytime, when most performances take place.

Yes.  Please get in touch with Nina Swann to discuss how we can help.  [email protected]

Recruitment workshops are held regionally throughout the UK at different times of the year. If there’s not a date for your area shown on the website, please log your interest here to be notified. 

Log your interest here. Once we receive your request, we’ll keep it on file and contact you when we are recruiting in your area.

Yes, each member of the group must fill in a form. If you need help please email [email protected]

We would like to see a short (under 5 minutes) clip of you performing live, with the same instruments/people you will be applying with, performing a piece that best represents your musical identity. It doesn’t need to be professionally done, footage taken on mobile phones is perfectly acceptable.

Most LMN performances take place on weekdays during the daytime. Any other commitments should allow you some availability during these times in order to be able to accept LMN work.

All musicians accepted on to the scheme will need to possess a current (less than 2 years) check at Enhanced level. If musicians need to apply for a new check they will be guided through the procedure.

This will depend on your availability, your level of experience and training, and the level of project funding available.  

We set our fees in fees in line with Musicians’ Union rates for educational work.   
Fees vary depending on the length and type of performance. These are reviewed annually in order to ensure that they compare favourably with the fee scales of similar organisations and are within the professional bodies’ guidelines. LMN contributes towards the cost of travel and subsistence when you are away from home and covers accommodation costs as necessary.

You will have a region that is your base, and the majority of the work offered will be close to that.  However, we may offer you tours and other projects across the UK. We also deliver work online.  

Live Music Now will try to organise work to suit you or your group. We will always ask first if you are happy to play in a particular kind of venue and if there are situations with which you are not comfortable, you will be able to say no to these.

Live Music Now does not provide or organise transport for you, but will pay for your petrol or train, bus etc.

Mostly on weekdays during the day. If you are working for a period of time away from your home-base, this means staying overnight in the part of the country where the work is taking place.

No. If you are not available, another group will be offered the work.

Yes. All musicians on the scheme are freelance and do a range of other performances and work.

Live Music Now offers a comprehensive training programme to support you throughout your time on the scheme.

There is no cut-off point for remaining on the scheme.  It may be that the nature of the work offered evolves as you become more experienced, but we hope to develop a pool of diverse, skilled and talented musicians to work for us as we expand.  

We believe that music is a universal language with the power to connect people. It can empower them to take control of their lives, making long-lasting positive changes. This might be through enhanced ability to communicate with others and connect with society, or to show self-expression and improve self-esteem.  It may also be the key to communication with the outside world for those who are not able to verbalise.