Jobs and Opportunities

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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.

Bristol Plays Music, Freelance Music Practitioners, £25.25 per hour and Music Centre Assistants, £10.10 per hour

Bristol Plays Music (BPM), our music education hub, part of our Creative Learning and Engagement Team, are looking for inspiring and experienced Freelance Music Practitioners and Freelance Music Centre Assistants to support its busy education team in delivering high quality music tuition and music making opportunities to young people across Bristol.  BPM is the Arts Council England’s Music Education Hub for Bristol, managed by Bristol Music Trust and based at Colston Hall.

We are looking for the following freelance practitioners to teach in schools and Music Centres and provide Music Centre support from April 2019:

  • Instrumental Guitar Tutors with experience in delivering small group, individual and whole class tuition to children and young people. Experience in delivering guitar ensemble work would be advantageous.
  • Music Centre Assistants to carry out administrative tasks within our music centres.

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 from all sections of the community with proven teaching excellence, good communication skills and a real passion and commitment for teaching music to children and young people from all backgrounds.  We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, ethnic minority (BAME), and/or disabilities as these groups are currently underrepresented in the arts.  All BPM Freelance Practitioners receive comprehensive and high quality CPD throughout the year, including training, networking and mentoring.

To apply please read the additional information for the role and complete the Bristol Plays Music Freelance Music Practitioner or Freelance Music Centre Assistant Application form and return this along with the additional documents required for the role and our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to

Closing date for applications:  9am on Monday 18th March 2019

BPM Freelance Music Practitioner – Project Brief March 2019

BPM Freelance Music Centre Assistant – Project Brief

BPM Freelance Music Practitioner – Application Form

BPM Freelance Music Centre Assistant – Application Form

BPM Freelance Music Practitioner – Application Procedure

BPM Freelance Music Centre Assistant – Application Procedure

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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