Invitation to Tender – Arts and Music Sector Research

We are looking to commission a research consultant, company or collective to research, explore, map and inform how we can scale up and build upon existing music and cross-disciplinary programmes.


What we're looking for

We – the British Council’s Music team – have developed many programmes that offer opportunities for artists and producers to develop their professional potential, make international connections and collaborate. We are commissioning research to explore how existing programmes can expand and work on a global scale, offering opportunities for artists, producers and organisations to work internationally for creative exchange and collaboration. These include our Musicians in Residence and Creative Producers programmes.

We will be seeking a researcher or researchers who:

  • have a strong knowledge of the UK arts and music sector
  • have a familiarity with the music and arts eco-system and have knowledge of creative producer practice, artist residency models, and cross-disciplinary arts shape and awareness of how each contribute to the current landscape
  • have proven research and reporting experience
  • have reasonable knowledge of the work of British Council Arts and the international landscape is desirable.

Applicants will need to demonstrate sound knowledge of the current UK sector and landscape and awareness of arts organisations working at the forefront of music and cross-disciplinary work.



The principal outcome will be producing a report which identifies the following aspects:

  • increased insight into UK and international opportunities for developing new global programmes
  • indication of potential partners and networks in both the UK and wider global network
  • clear direction for supporting creative professional development and inspiring cultural confidence and collaboration
  • insight into how programmes can promote interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral working
  • potential longevity and future opportunities for participants beyond the lifecycle of a programme
  • identification of potential funding opportunities and delivery partners.



Activity Date / Time
Deadline for clarification questions (Clarification Deadline) 18 November
British Council to respond to clarification questions 22 November
Deadline for submission of RFP responses by potential suppliers (Response Deadline) 28 November
Final Decision 30 November
Contract concluded with winning supplier 12 December
Contract start date 19 December
Research 19 December 2022 – 31 March 2023
Delivery of research findings Executive Summary 20 March 2023
Delivery of full research report 20 April 2023 


Email us

Please email Tom Sweet, Acting Senior Programme Manager, Music, for the application pack.


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