The Music Works (TMW) is looking for two outstanding Senior Music Leaders to work closely with our Creative Directors, Ben O’Sullivan and Malaki Patterson, to help develop and deliver our growing music participation programme in schools and community. The programme comprises one-on-one music mentoring for a range of young people in challenging circumstances; small group workshops; drop-in sessions at our studios and whole class (up to 30) music technology sessions. Our sessions are young-people lead, with leaders responding to the needs and passions of the young people, however, we specialise in urban, contemporary music and are looking for music leaders who can lead in at least one (preferably two) of the following: music technology/production; band instrumental; modern vocal – pop, rap, spoken word, beatbox; songwriting.

The Music Works is a Gloucestershire-based registered charity that transforms lives through music. We’re specialists in working with young people in challenging circumstances to help them reach their full potential in music, in learning and in life. We work with over 3,000 young people a year in schools and our four community rehearsal spaces in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, and the Forest of Dean.

We will be offering training as part of the roles and although we don’t require all candidates to meet all criteria, we are keen to meet ambitious leaders who are willing to learn and develop their practice.

Key responsibilities for the Senior Music Leaders will include:

  • Working throughout the county in any one of our many partner schools and community programmes delivering sessions
  • Helping manage the education and community programmes, communicating to schools and services, advocating for our work, evaluating our impact and working closely with the creative directors to develop the portfolio of work across the county
  • Helping develop a coherent and exciting music offer to engage young people of all ages and abilities in, enabling them to progress their interest and abilities with us.
  • Working closely with all leaders, particularly our Senior Community leads, Issachar Foster and Lee Holder, across our three music studios to develop our offer for young local bands and artists.
  • Delivering specialised music mentoring to young people in challenging circumstances.
  • Evaluating and reflecting on sessions delivered including completing all Music Works evaluation paperwork

We are looking for leaders who are:

  • Active musicians with experience working with young people in challenging circumstances e.g. young offenders, young people with mental health needs, disabled young people.
  • Passionate about working with and developing young people as musicians.
  • Passionate about developing innovative arts programmes to support young people in Gloucestershire.
  • Calm, flexible and resilient when working with young people.

Essential Experience and Skills

  • Music technology
  • Singing OR Rap / Beatboxing
  • Songwriting OR Music Production OR Instrumental Skills (guitar, drums and keyboard particularly useful)
  • Experience of and ability to work with both large groups of children and young people as well as one-to-one.
  • Excellent administrative and time-management skills for project management.
  • Ability and desire to self-organize and work flexibly.
  • Excellent team working and communication skills.
  • Drivers license and access to a car.

Desirable Experience and Skills

  • Working with young people in challenging circumstances
  • Evaluation of projects
  • Communicating with schools and services
  • Film Making
  • Working with commissioners
  • Graphic Design
  • Project Design

Details of the roles:

These are two full-time roles, subject to a normal probation period of 3 months. They are permanent roles subject to availability of funding. We will consider job shares with the right candidates

The salary for both roles is £25-28k 37.5 hours a week – dependent on experience. We anticipate these hours will be worked flexibly across the week in liaison with the Creative Directors. Some weekends and evening work will be expected. For enquiries about the role, please contact

How to apply:

Send your CV and a covering letter (no longer than 1 page) explaining why you are interested in the role and suitable for this post by 30th April to Interviews will take place on the week commencing 6th May in Gloucestershire; venue to be confirmed.