Recruitment: Head of Programmes and Head of External Engagement

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Today, we are excited to announce that the search for our Head of Programmes and Head of External Engagement begins. If you are interested in finding out more about these outstanding opportunities or know someone who you think would be perfect to help shape the future of Sound and Music, read on below.

Application Details:

  • Application deadline: 23:59, 14 April 2024
  • Interviews: 29 April – 2 May 2024

Head of Programmes: Are you dedicated to nurturing the talents of young composers and supporting artists to sustain successful careers in the music profession? As the Head of Programmes, you’ll play a central role in overseeing all facets of our initiatives catering to young composers and those aged 18 and over. This role requires exceptional skills, networks, and experience in music education or guiding artists towards successful careers in the music industry. You’ll be instrumental in crafting and implementing programmes aimed at fostering musical creativity, whether in formal or informal settings, across various genres, and at any educational stage for children and young people. Your leadership will shape recruitment, selection, and programme activities, supporting artists to sustain careers in the music profession.

Head of External Engagement: Are you an experienced fundraiser and communicator, adept at driving external engagement and enhancing income generation? As the Head of External Engagement, you’ll spearhead the development and execution of our external activities, encompassing profile enhancement, brand identity, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and forging strategic partnerships. Your role is critical in elevating our organisational visibility and influence, particularly through cultivating commercial partnerships that drive income generation. You’ll lead the external engagement team, ensuring the realisation of strategic and operational objectives. Building and nurturing internal and external relationships will be at the core of your responsibilities, contributing significantly to our mission of fostering a vibrant and inclusive music sector.

“If you’re passionate about supporting the next generation of composers and helping make the sector more open and accessible for composers at every stage of their creative journey, then I hope you will consider making an application.”

Dr Will Dutta, Chief Executive, Sound and Music

How to apply

If you are interested in working with us, please apply by completing the application form via Airtable.

Infrequently Asked Questions

If you’re considering either role, please join us for Infrequently Asked Questions, an informal Q&A session hosted by Will Dutta, which will discuss the recruitment process and demystify any questions you might have around the role responsibilities.

The session takes place on Wednesday 3 April from 12.00-12.30pm and you can sign up at the link below. If you’re unable to make the webinar, but have a question you’d like answered, please get in touch with us at

Sound and Music is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to making recruitment and employment at Sound and Music inclusive and accessible. We particularly welcome applications from backgrounds that experience racism, and/or who are disabled or neurodiverse, to whom we will offer an interview if you meet the essential criteria for the role.

If you feel you have just some of the required skills and experience but meet the person specification, we would still encourage you to apply; we are very open to continuing the training and development of individuals who are self-motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge relevant to the role.

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For any other questions, please contact Cathy McCosker and Jo Bates at Reality HR:,

Apply for the Head of Programmes role here

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Download the Job pack for the Head of Programmes role here

Download the Job pack for the Head of External Engagement role here

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