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Launched in May 2011 the Bristol Music Trust (BMT) 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. From September 2018, BMT will be responsible for the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence, which has been set up to explore and champion the role of music and the arts in civic life and break down barriers preventing people from fulfilling their musical potential.

This year is a time of major change for the Trust as we start a 2 year transformation project in June 2018 to deliver a £48.8m redevelopment programme.  This will see a complete refurbishment of our 2 main Halls and the creation of a new Hall and music education centre in the cellars.

The second aim is to drive forward music across Bristol; working in partnership with city wide organisations; leading on music education through Creative Learning & Engagement, 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

For the first time Bristol Music Trust is inviting 10 young people in Year 10 from across Bristol to come behind the scenes and join us for a week of work experience from 1st-5th July 2019.

To find out more about our work experience opportunities, click here.

We don’t currently offer a graduate placement programme, whilst this may change in the future, we are not currently offering any opportunities.

Speculative job enquiries

We are unable to respond to speculative enquiries for roles, but all available opportunities are listed here on our jobs page.  We are also unable to accept CV’s (unless requested) or keep CV’s on file, but you can check our website for opportunities or follow us on Facebook or twitter.


If you require our application form in an alternative format i.e. large print, please contact HR on 0117 204 7108.

  • Reasonable adjustments will be made for applicants if required.
  • Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role, will be offered an interview.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice

Bristol Music Trust is aware of its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as set out in the BMT Data Protection and Security Policy, and is committed to processing your data securely and transparently. This privacy notice sets out, in line with GDPR, the types of data that we collect and hold on you as a job applicant. It also sets out how we use that information, how long we keep it for and other relevant information about your data.

To read the full job applicant privacy notice, click here.

Current Vacancies & Opportunities

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 silver status from the Charter of Best Practice for Accessibility.

Financial Controller, Full-time 37 Hours, Fixed-Term Contract 2.5 years  

£42,000 per annum

We are recruiting for an experienced Financial Controller to join us. This is an opportunity to work for a vibrant and creative arts organisation, with responsibility for ensuring high standards of financial management and developing strong financial controls across the organisation.

The successful applicant must be fully qualified (ACA/ACCA/CIMA), they will be a creative thinker, with excellent communication skills, a positive approach, and the enthusiasm and resilience to meet the varied demands of our venue, with the ability to lead and inspire a team of finance professionals.  You will have a proven track record in working with budget holders to support business effectiveness, and a confident and analytical approach to financial reporting.

Experience in the charity/arts sector is desirable, but not essential.  This is an exciting time to join us as we work to redevelop both halls in our iconic building.  The role is offered on a fixed-term contract, but the post may develop.

To apply for this role, please read the additional information for the role and complete and return our application form, with our equal opportunities monitoring form, by the closing date:  9am on Monday 14th January 2019 

Financial Controller JD with T&Cs – December 18

BMT Application Form – May 18

Application Guidance – April 18

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Freelance Illustrator, February – November 2019

In September 2018, Bristol Music Trust launched it’s major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project known as The Lantern Project.

As part of the Lantern Project’s activity and community engagement programme, we are delivering an oral history archive project. In order to bring to life and celebrate the memories gathered beyond online recordings and archived materials, we are looking for a Freelance Illustrator to visually capture the characters and stories, and co-create an exhibition for presentation at Colston Hall and other Bristol locations, in November 2019.

If you are interested in tendering for this work, please read the additional information for the project and submit your tender application, with our equal opportunities monitoring form, by the closing date:  Monday 14th January 2019 

Freelance Illustrator Project Brief HLF Dec 18

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Development Officer, Full-Time 37 Hours

£21,000 per annum 

We are also recruiting for a Development Officer to join our team working on our £48.8 million capital campaign.  The role sits within the Development Team which has the responsibility for raising money to support both Colston Hall and Bristol Plays Music, the music hub for the city, part of Creative Learning and Engagement.

The role requires the successful candidate to have strong administration skills and interpersonal skills with the ability to build positive working relationships and give excellent customer service.   Working closely with the rest of the team the focus of this role is Trusts and Foundations, management of our membership scheme, supporting events, and bringing a professional, adaptable and proactive approach to the work of the team.

You will have previous experience of supporting fundraising and the ability to provide support with event management, including the flexibility to attend regular evening events.   This is a great opportunity to gain experience whilst working for a vibrant arts organisation at a pivotal time.

To apply for this role, please read the additional information for the role and complete and return our application form, with our equal opportunities monitoring form, by the closing date:  9am on Monday 21st January 2019 

Development Officer JD (T&F) – Dec 18 with T&Cs

BMT Application Form – May 18

Application Guidance – April 18

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Finance Officer, Full-Time 37 Hours

£22-23k per annum, dependent on experience

We are looking for a finance professional to join our busy Finance Team.

The role involves working closely with other teams across the organisation to provide high quality financial support whilst supporting the Financial Controller with management reporting and business analysis. You will most likely be in the early stages of your accountancy qualifications, be IT literate with strong MS Excel knowledge, have good written, verbal and presentation skills, be adept at problem solving and have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.  You will have the ability to work to deadlines and be able to prioritise your workload.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to further develop their skills whilst working for a vibrant arts organisation.  The successful applicant will bring a sound knowledge of accounting processes, and excellent customer service skills with a desire to learn about our business.  We are looking for a flexible team player, who is also able to work on their own initiative, with excellent communication skills and a positive approach, who will thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment.  Previous experience in the charity/arts sector is desirable, but not essential.

To apply for this role, please read the additional information for the role and complete and return our application form, with our equal opportunities monitoring form, by the closing date:  9am on Monday 21st January 2019 

Finance Officer with T&Cs – January 19

BMT Application Form – May 18

Application Guidance – April 18

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Bristol Music Trust is Disability Confident Committed

The Disability Confident Government scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

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