ROH Links is a skills sharing and capacity building programme offered by the Royal Opera House to smaller and medium-sized performing arts organizations across England. The programme has been developed in partnership with Arts Council England to allow us to work with other organizations in receipt of ACE funding to build their sustainability and impact by sharing the skills and expertise of our people in a variety of disciplines.
The programme is open to professional opera companies, theatres, orchestras, choirs and dance or ballet organizations. Three organizations are invited to join the programme each year for a period of up to two years. Each organization is assigned an ROH Partner from within the ROH Executive Team who discusses the strengths and development needs of each organization and identifies the areas where the ROH is best placed to offer guidance. Support is provided in the form of 1:1 meetings with senior ROH staff, shadowing opportunities, site visits, conference calls, etc. for up to a maximum of 20 hours per year combined.
The programme was launched in 2012/13 season with the following three organizations invited to participate in the pilot year:
Three more organizations have been invited to participate in the second year of the programme:
More information about how to apply for the third year of the programme will be published at the end of 2014.
Why is the Royal Opera House offering ROH Links?
The Royal Opera House is a resource for the nation. Our knowledge and experience is already widely shared; advising and supporting emerging organizations such as Ballet Black, and playing a leading role in initiatives such as the establishment of a National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills. We now want to offer an expanded programme of support to the sector, sharing more widely the skills of our people so that we as an organization can effect positive change.
Will the Royal Opera House be able to deliver the changes as well as share experience?
This programme is about sharing best practice and experiences – participating organizations need to have sufficient administrative capacity to incorporate changes themselves, and won’t be able to rely on the Royal Opera House to fill gaps in staffing or implement any recommendations.
How do I apply for a job at the Royal Opera House?
Please visit our Work Here page for information about current vacancies, casual and freelance opportunities, work experience and apprenticeships.