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Royal Opera House Links partnerships

ROH Links is year-long partnership programme that helps people and projects to thrive, drawing on the skills, expertise and perspectives of people working at the Royal Opera House and encouraging wider networking.

The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet are inviting up to four companies, ensembles, venues and/or independent creative producers to become ROH Links partners for one year, starting in January 2017, with potential for extension as required. The programme, which has been developed in partnership with Arts Council England, is tailored to each partner’s needs. However, support from the ROH is likely to include 15 hours per annum of 1:1 meetings and shadowing opportunities with senior Company and other Royal Opera House staff. Partners also participate in Conversation Days (see below) and are encouraged to learn from each other, from former participants and from other colleagues in the cultural sector. We value the opportunity to learn from others’ perspectives and approaches. There is no cost to either party.

ROH Links partners will have demonstrated a compelling artistic vision and the potential to have a transformative impact on the future of opera and/or ballet. We are especially interested to hear from companies and individuals whose work reaches or has potential to reach under-served communities, nurtures diverse talent, is tailored to younger audiences and/or makes innovative use of digital media. Applicants are also asked to outline their capacity to participate fully and to build on their learning (including Board engagement where applicable).

Areas for development may include (but are not limited to) fundraising, marketing, audience engagement, learning and participation, producing, digital content, planning, systems, human resources, legal and governance.

We are grateful to Arts Council England and English Touring Opera for their support in delivering ROH Links 2017.

'Our relationship with ROH has very much exceeded our original expectations. We have found the ROH staff to be incredibly friendly and open and we have been impressed by the willingness of staff at all levels of the organisation to engage.'

'Taking on ROH advice, we launched a new individual giving scheme in spring 2014 and we are now exceeding our fundraising targets in this area.'

'We have changed how we promote our shows via social media – developing a more sophisticated and discursive dialogue.'

'We can confidently say the impact of this scheme has contributed significantly and invaluable to our growth, success and future plans.'

Applications for ROH Links 2017 have now closed. Please check this website again for information about future partnerships opportunities.

Conversation Days

In addition to the formal ROH Links Partnerships, we are also planning a networking event next spring, including panel discussions on income generation, digital activity and business planning. To register your interest, please contact Allie Duthie at