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London Borough of Redbridge - Talent Development Programme 

Live performance, arts and culture play an important role in the many communities of Redbridge. To recognise and support the talent that exists in the borough, London Borough of Redbridge has launched a new live performance development programme.
Are you a musician, living in Redbridge or the neighbouring boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Newham, Waltham Forest or Havering who would like to develop your skills and play at great locations and events across the borough?
Then we want to hear from you! 


Working in partnership with Busk in London, London Borough of Redbridge want to develop a talent pool of local musicians who will play at a range of established events and new regular busking locations throughout the year.


If selected to join the Redbridge talent pool, you will have the opportunity to be part of exclusive performance opportunities and gigs, with the chance to join the main Busk in London talent roster.  Redbridge gigs will be stripped right back with a grassroots vibe, no big stage or fancy equipment – just you and your music. 

The Lowdown

Applications are open to performers who are resident in Redbridge and neighbouring boroughs, aged 14 years and up, with an easy-listening musical style suited to a wide audience, from classical to country, folk to pop and plenty in between.


All acts need to be completely portable; your equipment must be battery powered and you must be able to perform in a stripped back, lo-fi fashion. 


Check out this video below from Busk in London performer, John Clapper, that shows you how it's done!
















Performers selected to take part in the Redbridge Talent Development programme must be available to attend a pre-performance season, coaching and industry day on 13 August 2022 at the Kenneth Moore Theatre. 

This will be a free, full-day event where you will get personalised top tips during a vocal and performance skills coaching session, learn about physical and vocal health for performers, learn how to get the best from your equipment and put those burning music business questions you have always wanted to ask to our panel of industry experts at a Q&A session.


We ask that applications are made online.  If for any reason, be that access, resource or disability, you are unable to submit an application online, we are offering a limited number of places at a Live Audition Day to be held in the Borough.  Please email to apply for a live audition.  Please note, we will still require all information requested in the online application form (excluding the video link) to be submitted.  

Live auditions will take place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May (4-7pm) at the Exchange Shopping Centre Loft.

All performers applying for the Redbridge Talent Development programme will also be considered for the InIlford Platinum Jubilee Celebration event on Saturday 4 June.  For more information about this event, please visit inIlford Platinum Jubilee Celebration Competition | InIlford.  If you do not want to be considered for this event, please check the opt out box on the application form.


London Borough of Redbridge is committed to diversity & inclusion and creating a welcoming environment for all musicians. We want our performers to be representative of the communities we perform in and welcome applications from all sections of society.

We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and minority ethnic and female musicians as these groups are currently under-represented in the music industry. If you are a disabled musician and have any questions about access, please contact Kate Jones, Programme Director, Busk in London on

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18 April 2022 -  Applications open

23 May -  Applications of acts wishing to be considered for the Inllford Jubilee event close at 5p.m. 

25 & 26 May -  Live auditions (limited places available) 

w/c 30 May -  All performers notified of outcome 

4 June -  InIlford Platinum Jubilee event

1 July - Applications for musicians wishing to be part of the Talent Development scheme close at 5pm

13 August -  Redbridge Talent Development Coaching and Industry Day


Important Info


Just before you hit the link to take you to the application form, please take a moment to read the details below:


  • Applications are open to solo or duo acts.

  • For acts with more than one member, you will be contacted for details of all members only if you are successful.  All additional members of the act must be 14 years old or above and will be required to supply details as given by the original applicant.

  • For acts under 18 years old, permission to apply will be sought from a parent/legal guardian

  • Redbridge has many public spaces that are home to residents, businesses as well as visitors. It is really important that everyone enjoys the space and atmosphere, so no drum kits please (cajons are permitted).

  • If selected, performers will be required to hold public liability insurance (PLI) before their first performance.  You do not require PLI to apply.

  • London Borough of Redbridge will only use your personal data in relation to this programme and associated activities.  For more information, please visit

  • Please read the Terms & Conditions here before completing the application form.  You are required to check the box on the application form confirming you have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions.


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Thank you for applying! 

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