Live music transcends barriers to communication by engaging the spirit.
Live Music Now works with a very diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music - some of whom are very disadvantaged. They often face difficulties in communicating, cut off from the joy and pleasures of participating and sharing with others. LMN's approach to overcoming these barriers is through the quality of our musicians and the way we deliver our music.
LMN's approach has been developed for over 40 years, realising the vision of our founders, legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin and his friend, LMN Founder Chairman, Ian Stoutzker CBE.
Music, amongst all the great arts, is the language which penetrates most deeply into the human spirit, reaching people through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance. This is why it has been my dream to bring music back into the lives of those people whose lives are especially prone to stress and suffering... so that it might comfort, heal and bring delight. Yehudi Menuhin
LMN selects young, professional musicians who combine exceptional performing skills with special qualities of insight, generosity of spirit and flexibility. We enhance their skills through our distinctive approach to training and performance, and send them out into the community to perform for older people and children with special educational needs across the UK.
The joy that live music brings in a moment can be transformative over time. LMN delivers programmes tailored to participants whose lives are challenged due to disability, illness, poverty or social disadvantage.
It is our ambition to bring live music to more people, achieving greater beneficial impact through sustained involvement. It is our role to inspire young professional musicians to use their talents for the benefit of those who are otherwise excluded from the joy of live music.
For more information about Yehudi Menuhin and his extraordinary legacy, please visit the official website of Yehudi Menuhin.
Duration: 12 - 20 performances a year for up to 6 years
Location: UK wide
LMN works with a very diverse range of people that rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to experience live music.
It takes very special skills to be able to use music to engage people who face difficulties in communicating, cut off from the joy and pleasures of participating and sharing with others.
Our musicians are trained to put participants' needs and responses at the heart of everything they do. Working with LMN gives our musicians the ability to perform with a deeper level of engagement throughout their careers.
Live Music Now develops the potential of outstandingly talented players based in the UK, at the start of their careers.
LMN selects its musicians, as soloists or in groups (usually of up to 5 people), from a wide range of musical traditions and cultures. They apply to join the scheme because they want the benefits of working with a wide range of audiences and an opportunity to develop their communication skills. Musicians need to commit themselves for a minimum of 2 years and paid engagements are offered to them during their time on the scheme. Once accepted on to the scheme, they may be offered work anywhere in the UK.
Musicians are drawn from the most talented emerging players living in the UK. Performing as soloists or in small groups, they come from a range of musical traditions: classical western music, world music, jazz, rock and folk.
"LMN is a hugely valuable learning experience for its performers." Helen Paskins, clarinet.
Musicians are selected through a rigorous audition process. They must combine both exceptional musical talent and an ability to communicate and establish a rapport with participants.
Benefits for musicians include:
•Paid performance opportunities
•Musically enriching experiences
•Invaluable training and professional development in the field of music outreach.
Our live audition process ensures that we maintain the highest standards of delivery.
Musicians joining LMN have generally finished their advanced musical training and are beginning to establish themselves as professional performers. They are usually between the ages of 20 and 30 and looking to expand and develop their musical and outreach skills.
Musicians in the early stages of their performing career and resident in the UK and Ireland may also apply.
Musicians from overseas residing in the UK should ensure that they have a valid visa which enables them to undertake paid employment. There should be a minimum of 18 months before the visa's expiry date.
There are no hard and fast rules and we look at each individual case as it arises. In general, we would expect you to remain on the scheme for at least 4 years after you are accepted at audition, and not more than 6 years. However, again, we are flexible when considering special cases.
At the auditions musicians are assessed by a panel of distinguished musicians and guest experts in a wide range of musical fields. Their understanding of the scheme's requirements ensures that the highest standards are maintained.
They will be looking for:
•a very high standard of musicianship
•a varied and suitable choice of music
•good presentation skills and evidence of an ability to establish a rapport with an audience
•a commitment to the aims of Live Music Now
How to audition for Live Music Now:
Audition days are held throughout the UK. LMN selects its musicians, as soloists or in groups (usually of up to 5 people), from a wide range of musical traditions and cultures.
In order to cover our costs, LMN charges a modest non-refundable audition fee of £25 per musician must be received with the application form. If you have a problem paying the audition fee, please discuss this with the Auditions Director.
Audition applications must be received at least 6 weeks before the audition date to be considered.
1.To request an application, complete this online application
2.Gillian Green, Auditions Director, will then send you a form. If you have any questions or have not received the audition application within one week of request, please contact us again
3.Return your form and audition fee no later than 6 weeks before the audition date
4.Once you've applied, LMN Branch staff will contact you with an invitation to attend a LMN performance, prior to the audition.
Most LMN performances take place on weekdays during the day. Your other commitments should allow you some availability during these times in order to be able to accept LMN work.
Does each member of the group have to fill in a separate application form?
Yes, each member of the group must fill in an application form.
How much does it cost to audition?
A non-refundable audition fee of £25 per musician must be received with the application form. If you think you may have a problem paying the audition fee, please discuss this with the Auditions Director.
How much do we get paid?
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.
I am still a student. Can I apply?
Yes. However, you need to consider whether you have time available to give performances on week-days during the day-time, when most performances take place. Any other commitments should allow you some availability during these times in order to be able to accept LMN work.
Is there any kind of music that isn't suitable?
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.
Is there an age limit?
LMN was established to help musicians at the outset of their careers with continued professional development and paid performance opportunities. Musicians are generally in transition in the period between leaving institutions or advanced musical training and becoming established. The charity is flexible when considering special cases (e.g. singers and musicians from diverse cultural traditions).
Musicians joining LMN have frequently been undertaking or embarking upon post graduate courses. They are usually between the ages of 20 and 30 and looking to expand and develop their musical and outreach skills. There are no hard and fast rules and we look at each individual case as it arises.
How long would I remain on the scheme?
In general, we would expect you to remain on the scheme for at least 4 years after you are accepted at audition, and not more than 6 years. However, again, we are flexible when considering special cases.
Will I need to apply for a CRB/Disclosure Scotland/Access Northern Ireland check?
All musicians accepted on to the scheme will need to possess a current (less than 4 years) check at Enhanced level. If musicians need to apply for a new check they will be guided through the procedure.
Where will we be offered work?
Performances and workshops take place all over the UK in a wide variety of settings. Once accepted onto the scheme you may be asked to work anywhere in the UK, not just where you are based.
Do we have to play in all types of venues?
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.
How do I get to the venues?
Live Music Now does not provide or organise transport for you, but will pay for your petrol or train, bus etc.
When do performances take place?
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.
Do I have to accept all the work that LMN offers me?
No. If you are not available, another group will be offered the work.
How many bookings will the group get?
On average, LMN groups will be offered a minimum of 12-20 a year.
Can I do other work as well as working for Live Music Now?
Yes. All musicians on the scheme are freelance and do a range of other performances and work.
What kind of training will I get?
Live Music Now will offer training and support throughout your time on the scheme.