x4 mentorship opportunities for aspiring musicians, Migration Matters Festival


Creative Journeys is a new mentorship programme run in association with Migration Matters Festival and Arts on the Run for emerging/aspiring artists whose work is in music, spoken word or dance/physical performance. 

The opportunity is exclusively for Northern artists who experience racism and/or with lived experience of migration, displacement, or the asylum system. 

The project will provide expert tuition and guidance and help build confidence and provide networking opportunities with other emerging and established artists. We hope it will empower and inspire artists who haven’t previously had either the opportunity to develop their craft or had a stage/platform to perform on.

This opportunity will supply artists with:

  • Cash funding ~£500
  • ~4 sessions delivered by expert mentors lasting around 2 hours
  • Professional recording of, or a discussion about the artist’s work

Option to perform at Migration Matters Festival in July (9th-17th)

The music programme will be led by Aaron Casserly Stewart. There are four places for artists based in the north of England. Sessions will be based in Sheffield or Leeds, but they can potentially take place elsewhere and/or online if necessary. For more information about Aaron and his work go to

  • Travel costs will be supported
  • The sessions will take place on weekdays during the day
  • A translator/interpreter can be provided support the artist if required


26th April = Q+A with the organisers
12th May = Deadline for applications
7th June - 17th July = Programme

To apply please submit a 500 word letter or a 5 minute video/audio recording outlining (this can be in your first language):

  • What is it you want to get out of the programme? 
  • Any challenges you have encountered in the arts or music?
  • What, if any, experience you have in preparing or performing work in music?

Please send to by 11.59pm Weds 12th May

For more information go to: