Projects & Partnerships

Associate Artists

The Paraorchestra & Friends

The Paraorchestra and Friends are the Associate Artist of Bristol Music Trust. The partnership sees the organisations joining forces to imagine and implement innovative approaches to live music programming, in particular focusing on ensuring a diverse range of creative voices are highlighted and heard.

For more information on our partnership with The Paraorchestra and Friends, click here.


Bristol New Music

Bristol New Music is a partnership between Colston Hall, St Georges Bristol, Arnolfini and Spike Island which presents a festival of contemporary and improvised music as well as related visual arts projects. With a focus on music composed in the 21st Century the festival not only provides a platform for new work but also the opportunity to develop audiences across the venues.

Partners for 2018

St Pauls Carnival

In its 50th anniversary year, Bristol Music Trust will be working in unity with St Pauls Carnival to deliver a number of projects. For more information on our partnership with St Pauls Carnival, click here.

Ujima Radio

Ujima Radio is the official media partner of our big summer party on Bristol Harbourside featuring Jimmy Cliff, Grandmaster Flash & Trojan Soundsystem.


Colston Hall is a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations and arts practitioners, large and small, funded (Arts Council, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol.

We meet regularly to advocate for the sector and to discuss and inform policy, as well as forming working groups in response to specific issues and to develop shared activity. This thinking feeds directly into the wider cultural conversations happening at a high level in the city through the Cultural Strategy Steering Group.

The group’s members work across different scales and different artforms; some specialise in participatory opportunities, others seek out an audience; some charge, some don’t; and some provide complex programmes that sit across a number of strands.

Together, we are committed to the successful future of our city, and the creativity of both Bristol and Bristolians.

Network members include Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Artspace Lifespace, Field Art Projects, Circomedia, Architecture Centre, Colston Hall, Bristol Culture, Room 13, The British Paraorchestra and Friends, Zion, The Trinity Centre and many others including independent artists.

If you are an independent artist, practitioner or smaller organisation unable to attend a meeting, you can share ideas, views and concerns with us via Theatre Bristol who help to administer the group, or one of the members. We are working on a bursary scheme to help those who are independent to be involved, particularly in working groups and sitting on the committee. If this is you please contact us via Sarah at Theatre Bristol ( to discuss your requirements.

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