Sound and Music: Education and Communications Intern

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Sound and Music is the national charity for new music, with international links. We are unique in having a UK-wide remit for the development of new music which we do through artist development, audience engagement and a thriving, diverse and growing education programme, delivering high quality projects of national and strategic importance. 

Sound and Music is offering an internship which is designed to provide a stepping stone into the arts and music industry. It is not suitable for people who have already gained experience in this field. 

The internship will suit an individual with a passion for music and learning, communication and coordinating arts events, with some administrative and digital skills to help us to deliver activities and fulfil our ambitions. 

You will sit within the education team and work across the Education and Audience Engagement programmes, which involves supporting projects, helping with communications, insight gathering, doing research and general administration.  

As a small organisation with fewer than 20 employees, you will gain valuable insight into how the organisation operates and get a chance to participate in and observe closely how different strands of the organisation (for example, artist development and fundraising), come together to work towards the same goal of maximising the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music. 

This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in working in arts learning, in a charity or an arts organisation, to gain significant experience and skills. During the Covid-19 lockdown, all Sound and Music staff have been working remotely and expect to do so for the foreseeable future. As lockdown eases, there will be a gradual move to a combination of working from home and from Sound and Music’s offices in central London.  

Sound and Music has a supportive ethos and we will support the Intern to work in an environment they are comfortable with, including working remotely if this is desired or necessary; we will endeavor to work with the Intern so they can have a positive experience working with the whole team.  

  • Duration of internship: 6 months 
  • Probation period: 1 month. 
  • Line management/supervision: Weekly 1-2-1s with the Head of Education 
  • Hours4 days/week (this could be flexible depending on the circumstances of the selected applicant), 7 ½ hours/day excluding 1 hour for lunch. The holiday allowance is (6.5 days if 3 days/week, 9 days if 4 days/week) plus bank holidays 
  • Pay: £10.85/hour  
  1. Key dates:   
  • Deadline for applications: Noon, Monday 12th April 
  • Date for interviews: w/c 26th April 
  • Start date for internship: As soon as possible: to be mutually agreed with the selected intern  
  1. Outline of responsibilities: 

The internship will support the Education and Audience engagement work of Sound and Music, working with the Head of Education and wider team members on general administration duties and our programmes and activities. 

During the internship, you can expect to be involved in a range of work including: 

  • Support during the delivery of our Summer School for young composers and creative musicians  
  • Support for the creation of content for Minute of Listening 
  • Co-ordinating information for a new online database of educational opportunities 
  • Updating content on our various public-facing platforms, including increasing the visibility of young composers on the British Music Collection  
  • Managing and scheduling content on social media 
  • Organising data and fact-checking 
  • Support on the development of the internal content calendar  
  1. Experience, Skills and attributes: 

Sound and Music is looking for a person with the following attributes, skills and experience: 

Experience: paid or voluntary  

  • Experience of working with children/young people  
  • Experience of working with music, sound or art  
  • Experience of using and engaging with audiences on digital platforms (eg websites or social media)  


  • Excellent written and spoken English 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Skilled communicator with a range of people including young people, their parents, and professional composers, musicians or artists 


  • Ability to be organised and methodical in their work 
  • Ability to deal with conflicting priorities 
  • Commitment to working with and supporting people, including young people, from diverse backgrounds and with a range of support needs 
  • Reliable and punctual 

The role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) which will be paid for by Sound and Music. 

  1. Selection Criteria 

Applicants will be shortlisted and selected on the basis of the following information: 

  1. Your experience (including transferable experience) – from your application form (30%) 
  1. The quality and accuracy of your written responses to the application form (30%) 
  1. How well you demonstrate the essential experience, skills and attributes for the role as outlined in section 4 above (40%).  


  1. How to apply: 

Please complete this application form and return it to Wendy Attewell by email: We will not use any additional information such as CVs during the recruitment process. 

Sound and Music is an Equal Opportunities employer

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