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Launched in May 2011 the Bristol Music Trust is an exciting independent charity with two distinct aims.

The first is to manage the operations of Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest concert venue, where people have been enjoying music since 1867; developing a diverse musical programme, leading a major capital refurbishment programme and securing its commercial success. The Hall presents a wonderful opportunity to build a diverse Music & Arts Centre; comprising a traditional concert hall, a smaller intimate hall and an inspiring newly built foyer.

The second aim is to drive forward music across Bristol; working in partnership with city wide organisations; leading on musical education with the creation of Bristol Plays Music, commissioning new works, supporting local musicians, and promoting music across all communities to build on the vibrant talent already in the city. Much more, we want the Bristol music scene to stand out with its own unique culture and internationally renowned reputation.

Bristol Music Trust’s vision is to put music at the heart of Bristol life, and to lead a strategic, holistic, citywide approach to promoting music so that it flourishes through performance, composition, participation and education.

Work experience/student placements/Internships– we don’t currently have the capacity for a work experience/student placement programme, whilst this may change in the future, we are not currently taking enquiries around work experience or student placements and there are currently no internship opportunities available.

Speculative job enquiries – we are unable to accept CVs (unless requested) or speculative enquiries for roles, all available opportunities are listed here on our jobs page, we regret that we are also unable to keep enquiries on file, but you can follow us on Facebook and twitter where updates are announced.  For any other enquiries not answered here, please email

Current Vacancies

Bristol Music Trust
Finance & Business Manager, Bristol Plays Music, Full-time, Salary £36,000 per annum

Bristol Music Trust are looking for an experienced Finance & Business Manager to work closely with the Head of Bristol Plays Music, the Finance & Commercial Director and the education team to support delivery of music education programmes across the city at an exciting time for music learning in Bristol. Bristol Plays Music is the Arts Council England’s Music Education Hub for Bristol and part of the charity Bristol Music Trust based at Colston Hall.

This is an interesting and challenging role which has responsibility for ensuring high standards of financial management across a varied portfolio of activity and of funding streams, at a time of change and expansion. The successful applicant will be a creative thinker with proven business acumen who enjoys working with colleagues to ensure business effectiveness, with a confident and analytical approach to financial systems and management reporting, and able to meet the demands of a varied workload in a vibrant arts organisation. Our ideal candidate will hold a professional accountancy qualification and have relevant post qualification experience in a commercial or not for profit organisation.

To apply for this job please submit your current CV together with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the Finance & Business Manager, Bristol Plays Music role, emailing it to by 9.00am on Monday 8th February 2016. Previous applicants need not apply.

Finance & Business Manager BPM JD – December 2015 with T&Cs

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Bristol Music Trust/Colston Hall
Development Assistant, Full-Time 37 Hours, Salary £16,500 per annum

We have an exciting opportunity for a Development Assistant to join our innovative Development Team based at Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest concert venue.  The Development Team is responsible for the fundraising strategy and activity for Bristol Music Trust, which manages the Colston Hall.

The role requires the successful candidate to have strong administration skills and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships and give excellent customer service.   Working closely with the rest of the team the main focus of this role will be management of our membership scheme and you will also provide support for ad-hoc projects and bring a professional, adaptable and proactive attitude.

You will have research experience and the ability to provide support with corporate event management, including the flexibility to attend regular evening events.   This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to develop in the role and gain experience whilst working for a vibrant arts organisation.

To apply for this role please complete and return the Bristol Music Trust application form to by 5.00pm on Friday 12th February 2016.

Development Assistant with T&Cs JD January 2016

Application Guidance – October 15

BMT Application Form – October 15

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Bristol Music Trust/Colston Hall – Casual Staff, Retail (Bar) & Event Assistants

£6.77 per hour

We are recruiting for casual staff to join us and work front of house as Retail (Bar) and Event assistants in our diverse and vibrant venue, Colston Hall (the South West’s largest concert hall and Bristol’s major music venue) as part of our customer service team. The successful candidates will be proactive and enthusiastic, with a good understanding of what makes for great customer service at all times.

Previous bar experience and waiting/serving of food and drinks at events such as private receptions and conferences is ideal, but not essential, however, you will need the confidence to provide a high standard of service and have a desire to learn.   We are particularly looking for applicants who have daytime as well as evening availability to support our full range of shows and events.

To apply for this role please complete and return the Bristol Music Trust application form to by Thursday 18th February 2016 at 5pm.

Casual Staff FOH Retail JD – with TCs Feb 16

Application Guidance – October 15

BMT Application Form – October 15

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Bristol Music Trust is committed to being an Equal Opportunities employer, we recognise, respect and value individual difference and wish to attract applicants from all sections of society. The Trust has bronze status from the Charter of Best Practice for Accessibility and we continue to hold an Excellence Award from the Institute of Customer Service.