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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 Plays Music Trainee (Urban Development) Volunteer 

Bristol Plays Music are working in partnership with Urban Development, a London based talent development agency, who specialise in musical genres such as Pop, Hip-Hop and R’n’B, to help talented local teenagers realise their musical potential as part of a week long song writing residential school.

We are looking for a young person to work alongside our experienced Music Leaders to gain music leading skills, teaching and musical workshop delivery skills, for one week at the beginning of August in Bristol.

Ideally you will have music qualifications at degree level, and you will be active in the local Bristol music scene.  You must also have excellent communications and a desire to learn and become a first class Music Leader.

BPM Trainee (UD) – Volunteer Brief, June 16
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form Recruitment
BMT Volunteer Application Form

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 4th July 2016


Bristol Plays Music, Freelance Music Practitioners

£25 per hour

Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is looking for inspiring and experienced Music Practitioners to support its busy education team in delivering high quality music tuition and music making opportunities to young people across Bristol from September 2016.  BPM is the Arts Council England’s Music Education Hub for Bristol, managed by the Bristol Music Trust based at Colston Hall.

We are looking the following instrumental tutors to teach from September 2016:

  • Instrumental Tutors delivering small group or individual tuition to children and young people: Brass, Woodwind, Cello, Guitar, Piano/Keyboard, Music Technology, Music Production and Song Writing.
  • Whole-Class Ensemble Tutors across the primary age range: Brass, Woodwind, Ukulele and Percussion (e.g. Samba, Steel Pans)

We are an inclusive practice organisation and as such welcome applications from musicians experienced in working with children in challenging circumstances, including children in care and children with SEND.

Applications are invited from creative musicians with proven teaching excellence, good communication skills and a real passion and commitment for teaching music to children and young people from all backgrounds. All BPM Freelance Music Practitioners receive comprehensive and high quality CPD throughout the year, including training, networking and mentoring.

BPM Freelance Music Practitioner – Application Form
BPM Freelance Music Practitioner – Application Procedure
BPM Freelance Music Practitioner – Project Brief

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Tuesday 5th July 2016

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.