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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– we don’t currently offer student work experience or 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.

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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.  BMT has silver status from the Charter of Best Practice for Accessibility, a Purple Angel from Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, we are Disability Confident Committed, and we continue to hold an Excellence Award from the Institute of Customer Service.  

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

£42k per annum

We are recruiting for an experienced Financial Controller to join Bristol Music Trust. 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.

This year is a time of major change for the Trust, we began 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 Financial Controller will support the ongoing financial management of the business during a challenging transformation.  This is the largest arts infrastructure investment project undertaken in the South West for many years and will deliver state of the art cultural facilities of international standing.

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 complete and return our application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by the closing date:  9am on Monday 3rd December 2018 

Financial Controller JD with T&Cs – November 18

BMT Application Form – May 18

Application Guidance – April 18

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Archive Volunteers 

We are looking for Archive Volunteers to join Bristol Music Trust as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Lantern Project’.

The Lantern Project is part of the redevelopment and transformation our second hall, the Lantern which is of significant historic interest and although in poor condition retains many Victorian features and details.  The Lantern, built in the Victorian Byzantine style in 1873 is unique to Bristol. We have the opportunity of restoring this building, reinventing its use, celebrating its history and organising the archives.

Under the guidance of the Project Archivist, Archive Volunteers will carry out work on archival material connected with Colston Hall, to discover and record interesting stories hidden there. No specific prior experience is necessary as we will provide you with training and information for this role.

To apply for this role, please read the additional information for the role complete and return our volunteer application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by the closing date:  9am on Monday 3rd December 2018 

Archive Volunteer Role Profile

BMT Volunteer Application Form

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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