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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 programme, which has been developed in partnership with Arts Council England, is tailored to each partner’s needs. However, support from the ROH typically includes 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. 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.

ROH Links partners are selected on their ability to demonstrate 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).

Current ROH Links partners are:
Alexander Whitley Dance Company
Dance Woking
Fallen Angels Dance Theatre
Revelation Ashford

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 also hold Conversation Days encompassing panel discussions and networking opportunities. To register your interest, please contact Allie Duthie at