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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 & Music Education Centre; comprising a major concert hall, a smaller intimate hall, a separate education centre and an inspiring modern foyer. From September 2018, BMT are 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.

We are in a period of major change for the Trust since our transformation project began in June 2018 to deliver a £48.8m redevelopment programme.  This will see a complete refurbishment of our two 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

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.


We offer opportunities to volunteer with us. If you’re passionate about music, education, heritage and your community there’s a range of opportunities on offer.

To find out more about how you can volunteer with us, click here.

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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.


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  • 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. The Trust has silver status from the Charter of Best Practice for Accessibility and we are Disability Confident Committed. 

Financial Controller

Full-time, 37 hours per week

£43,000 per annum

We are recruiting for an experienced Financial Controller to join our team. This is an opportunity for a brilliant finance professional 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 is a time of major change for the Trust; we began a two-year transformation project in June 2018 to deliver a £48.8m redevelopment programme. This will see a complete refurbishment of our two 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.

To be successful, you should be fully qualified (ACA/ACCA/CIMA) with the ability to lead and inspire a team of finance professionals. A creative thinker with excellent communication skills, you’ll have a positive approach and the enthusiasm and resilience to meet the varied demands of our venue.

We will also need you to have a proven track record 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 major refurbishment project will lead to a significant expansion of our business in two years’ time, so this role offers a significant development opportunity for the right candidate.

To apply please read the additional documents for the role and email your completed application to:
For an informal discussion about the role please email Clare Jack, COO

Closing date for applications is  9am on Friday 27th September 2019 

Financial Controller JD – September 19 with T&Cs

Application Guidance – September 19

BMT Application Form – May 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.