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Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £26,000 - £28,000
Company:The National Centre for Early Music
Open to all
Apply by:04/01/2022 - 17:00

Creative Learning Manager

Are you passionate about historically informed performance and improving access to music for young people? 

The National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) is the flagship for early music in England, based in a medieval converted church in the heart of York since 2000. They are a significant venue for music and creative learning, providing experiences and opportunities of the highest quality to an ever widening and diversified community. The organisation is the national advocate of early music in England, working to promote public understanding and enjoyment of early music through historically informed performances, annual festivals (The York Early Music Festival, Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival and the York Early Music Christmas Festival) and digital technology, with a thriving worldwide online audience.

The NCEM is seeking an experienced Creative Learning Manager to lead the Learning and Participation programme. They are looking for candidates with a passion for improving access to music for young people, and who have a clear understanding of the value of early music/historically informed performance practice to young people and to wider society. The role is on a part-time basis (3 days per week).


  • To develop the NCEM’s Learning & Participation strategy, aligned to the NCEM’s organisational strategy
  • To lead the planning & delivery of the Learning & Participation projects
  • To deliver the annual NCEM Young Composers Award and its associated development opportunities
  • To support projects that improve access and remove barriers to music making, eg the NCEM’s I Can Play programme
  • To deliver and develop the NCEM’s cultural wellbeing activities
  • To work in partnership locally and regionally to build and support partners with similar aims and objectives
  • To be engaged with national initiatives designed to support music education
  • To be the NCEM’s safeguarding officer

Please note that a detailed breakdown of your responsibilities will be provided when applying.

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • An understanding of historically informed performance practice/early music
  • A passion for improving access to music for young people
  • The confidence and personal authority to deal with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work well in collaboration with the NCEM team, as well as the ability to work independently
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Strong digital skills
  • Strong organisational skills, with a good eye for detail
  • The ability to work calmly and efficiently under pressure
  • Education to degree level or equivalent
  • A clean UK driving licence Essential Experience
  • At least 2 years experience working in educational and outreach activities within the arts
  • A proven track record of fundraising – in particular, applying to grant-making trusts
  • A working knowledge of Learning & Participation within the arts sector, including an understanding of the National Curriculum, the National Plan for Music Education, the role of the arts within schools/academies, national approaches including Arts Council England priorities, current Safeguarding guidance and legislation
  • A proven ability to manage a budget
  • Experience of evaluating projects
  • Experience of working with social media in a professional context
  • Experience of print and online marketing

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

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