Talent Development Programme


Duration: 5 Months
Hours: 09:00 – 16:00
Starts: 2 Intakes per year (1st:February through June; 2nd:July though November)

About the Talent Development Programme
The Talent Development Programme (TDP) provides early-career musicians with a springboard to nurture their musical talent while also equipping them with a set of tools and skills designed to help them move into the next phase of their lives with greater direction, purpose and motivation.

The goal of the TDP is more music, better humans, brighter futures and more resilient communities.

Who is this for?

The TDP is for early-career musicians (including music producers, DJs, vocalists and instrumentalists) who want to learn:


  • How to use music production software (Ableton and FL Studio)
  • How to get their music out into the world in a way that protects their best interests and monetises it
  • About the various roles in the music industry
  • How to set up music equipment for live events/recording sessions
  • How to DJ
  • How to throw an event
  • How to be a leader and force for positive change in their community
  • How to meditate and support one’s well-being, especially mental health
  • How to grow one’s career inside and outside of the music industry
  • The basics of entrepreneurship (and how to create and pitch a business plan)
  • The fundamental workplace requirements, including computer skills, professionalism, marketing and branding

Programme Structure

The TDP is a 20-week in-person course that includes over 700 hours of instruction from music and creative industry leaders. Tuition is free to students who are accepted into the programme and who enjoy input and collaboration with a dedicated team of instructors on subjects ranging from music to applied digital skills, mindfulness, career growth, entrepreneurship and event management. Students also become part of a local and global network of mentors and employers, including everyone from company executives to local community role models.  

Currently, Bridges Academy serves over 150 students per year across its courses and has already created over 200 work opportunities.

Rosemary Blake, Programme Director at Bridges Academy at Bridges Academy explains that applicants who are accepted on the TDP will join a community of 24 other like-minded creatives. Together, they will journey over five months through a full-time, deeply immersive experience.

“Each programme follows the same core structure, running Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm with a 50% focus on music-related knowledge and skills and a 50% focus on emotional intelligence/life skills, computer skills, strategic career planning, and entrepreneurship,” she says. “Each cohort is unique and you will be learning from and teaching your peers as much as your instructors.” APPLY NOW!

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