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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

Development Manager
Full-Time, 37 Hours, Salary £25,000 per annum
Fixed-Term Maternity Cover, from October 2016, for 12 months

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Development Manager to join the Development team at Bristol Music Trust.  The Development team are responsible for raising money to support Colston Hall, the South West’s largest concert hall, and driving forward its £45million capital transformation campaign, as well as the educational aims of Bristol Plays Music, the music hub for the city.

Working with the Head of Development, the Development Manager will proactively lead a range of funding streams including corporate sponsorship and renewals, events and individual giving (including Colston Hall patron and membership schemes), as well as supporting the delivery of the Capital Fundraising Strategy and activity.

The successful candidate will have the passion and influencing ability to create and develop strong relationships with funders. You will have an excellent track record of fundraising, ideally within an arts environment, with capital experience being desirable. This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience with a leading arts organisation at a pivotal time in its history.

Please apply by completing the application form and returning to (quoting “Development Manager” in the subject line) by: 9.00am on Tuesday 30th August 2016.

Application Guidance – October 15
BMT Application Form – October 15
Development Manager JD – August 16 with TCs
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form Recruitment June 16

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.