Artist/Business Incubator & Funding Surgery

Chat through your ideas - open every Wednesday from 10am til 4pm.

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Our Enterprise support is aimed at helping artists and businesses contextualise their studies and achieve their entrepreneurial goals.

How do I access this support?

Our incubator/funding surgery is open every Wednesday between 10am and 4pm in room 401. Please book a session via this link.

We also welcome drop in's so please feel free to stop by. 

Support is available all year round.

Can I apply for funding?

We do not accept applications for funding, and instead look to jointly produce a case for funding by discussing projects and ideas alongside a set of criteria, developing them to a point where such support may be of benefit. This means that students and graduates do not need to complete a formal application to be considered for our funding support, but discussions and project development should simultaneously prepare you to apply for further support elsewhere (e.g., Arts Council, Help Musicians).

Is my project/idea eligibile?

As a guide, below are activities that we may consider funding.

  • Prototype Development
  • Photo/Video Production
  • PR Campaigns
  • Specialised Business Advice
  • Studio Time
  • Logo/Brand Development
  • Mentoring (in person or online)

NB: Any other reasonable requests not outlined above will be considered.

To clarify, these are not activities that we will simply fund on request – we will discuss your needs and support your idea development and professional progression.

Things we do not usually consider:

Please feel free to drop in and chat to us about the below. Although we may not be able to fund them, we can chat about other methods of support.

  • Retrospective activity – i.e., for costs that have already been incurred/project activity that has already taken place
  • Purchase of musical equipment or software
  • Activities where the core beneficiaries are not Leeds Conservatoire students or graduates
  • Audition fees for postgraduate studies at Leeds Conservatoire, or elsewhere
  • Any further, higher, or postgraduate qualification
  • Activities which are not related to music, the performing arts, or the creative industries
  • Course fees for online short courses
  • Attendance at a conference or seminar (in person or online)
  • Anything directly assessed by your course

If you have any questions about the support available, please contact

Who can access this support?

This support scheme is open to all Leeds Conservatoire current students and graduates.

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