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Routes through Music – Music Leader Job Description

Bath Festivals are delivering a new music project for young people aged 13-19. The project will provide the opportunity for young people facing challenges to access music making activity on a regular basis and aims to improve the network of music making opportunities in Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) so it works for those young people.  

This project is a partnership with Youth Connect South West, Mentoring Plus, Bath College, B&NES Music Hub and Bristol Plays Music and has been funded by Youth Music.  

We are looking to appoint up to 3 experienced music leaders to deliver music making activity in youth hub settings across B&NES. 

The role 

You will work with young people who access the services of Youth Connect South West and Mentoring Plus or attend their youth club nights.  

You will lead the sessions and support the young people to create music and develop their music making skills. You will work closely with the youth workers in the settings. You may also support a trainee music leader who will work alongside you, to develop their skills in this role. 


This involves: 

  • Delivering weekly sessions to explore young people’s musical interests, giving them opportunities to make, share and talk about music. 
  • Being inclusive in your work and supporting all young people to take part.  
  • Attending weekly reflection meetings to talk about successes and challenges of the sessions and to make plans for the following week.  
  • Recording attendance and create notes from the above meetings that will be shared with the project managers and evaluator.  
  • Working in collaboration with the Youth Workers at each of the settings and within their centre’s practices. 
  • Attending training sessions. 
  • Supporting young people to attend gigs and take part in performances (when safe to do so). 
  • Supporting young people to share their music online.  
  • Contributing to evaluation for the project.  


Skills and Experience 

We are interested to hear from music leaders with at least 3 years’ experience of working in Youth Centres or similar settings, and who can: 

  • Work with young people who face significant challenges in their lives. 
  • Plan and deliver interesting and engaging sessions based on young people’s interests and ambitions.  
  • Create a cohesive group from young people with a range of challenges and experiences. 
  • Work openly and collaboratively with other professionals supporting the young people. 
  • Have knowledge and practice of current safeguarding practice or a willingness to train. 
  • Have experience of reflective practice, both verbal and written. 
  • Support trainees in their role and encourage their participation. 
  • Be an Arts Award Advisor or be willing to train to deliver Arts Award. 

This is a freelance contract that will run from mid-July 2021 until 31st December 2021 with the potential to extend for Year 2 of the project. You will be responsible for your own tax and National Insurance.  

The delivery will begin in mid-July 2021 and run weekly until the end of December 2021; the summer holiday period may work differently depending on the setting. Weekly face to face sessions will be 2 hours in length in the evenings, plus 1 hour planning and reflection time. Digital sessions may be shorter in length or have a different frequency.  

Pay: £35 per hour.  

Once in post a contract will be agreed with a set number of hours per week, likely to be between 3 and 9 hours for a set number of weeks. 

How we will support you: 

  • Provide training and professional development opportunities, these will be free with travel / time bursaries available if needed. 
  • Pastoral and Professional support from the Project Management team.  
  • Opportunities to network with other music leaders and music organisations. 

Our current Creative Learning team is majority white, cis-gender and non-disabled. We believe that our work will be stronger and will benefit from a team that better represents the community we live in and the young people we work with. We welcome applications from those that bring difference and are happy to support access or other needs to enable you to apply.  

How to apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than 1 side of A4) or an audio file or video (no more than 3 mins) telling us why you are interested in the position, what you think you can bring to the role and about the music you make. Please send this to Hazel Plowman, Head of Creative Learning, Bath Festivals by 2nd July at 5pm. 

We will contact shortlisted candidates for an informal interview over Zoom, likely to be Friday 9th July.  

If you have any questions about the position, please email: Hazel Plowman