We believe that a diversity of younger voices and opinions are needed in leadership roles to make the music industry more representative, more relevant, and more robust.
The National FLOW Collective is a creative and professional development programme that aims to make the music industry more representative of disabled people. Each year, eight exceptional and ambitious young people receive mentoring and training to develop their creative and professional practice. They are paired with a music industry organisation to gain first-hand experience of how the industry works and, crucially, to help the organisation they are paired with become more inclusive and accessible to disabled people.
The National Centre for Inclusive Excellence, is working with cultural and creative partners, Sage Gateshead, Midlands Arts Centre, Sound Connections, Drake Music, and a range of industry partners to provide local support and work experience for members of the National FLOW Collective. The Collective will also periodically come together to share ideas, identify common goals, and celebrate artistic and professional achievement. Each year, the National FLOW Collective will showcase their work alongside music industry partners in a high-profile public event.
Alumni of the National FLOW Collective will receive ongoing support from local partners and national organisations. They will also have the opportunity to work alongside the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence, to champion inclusive music practice and support new members of the collective.
The National FLOW Collective is for exceptional young musicians who have the skills, drive and ambition to be music industry leaders and who currently face disabling barriers to a career in the music industry.
Meet the people championing change in the music industry.
If you’re an organisation who’d like to get involved with the National FLOW Collective, please email:
If you’re an aspiring musician, aged 18-25 who identifies as disabled, and would like to find out more get in touch with the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 0117 204 7140.
On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.
Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.