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Grants & Learning Officer

Calling all music lovers! If you know how to manage a diverse grants portfolio of innovative music-making projects and have a passion for supporting young people, then this is the role for you…

Youth Music funds music-making projects across England that help children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally and socially as well as musically. They work particularly with those who don’t get to make music because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.

They are seeking two highly motivated Grants & Learning Officers to join the UK’s largest young people’s music charity and manage a diverse grants portfolio of innovative music-making projects. The role will involve managing a variety of relationships with Youth Music grant holders across a set of assigned regions, helping to shape their strategy locally and nationally, and contributing to the design of their funding programmes and evaluation activities.



  • Relationship management for a portfolio of grants within allocated geographical regions
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of the music landscape and issues affecting your allocated geographical regions
  • Providing telephone and email advice to potential applicants
  • Undertaking monitoring visits to funded projects and attending events
  • Supporting the running and facilitation of grantholder events
  • Assessing grant applications
  • Making recommendations to the assessment panel for applications from your regions
  • Efficient and effective turnaround of grants administration
  • Providing written feedback to unsuccessful applicants
  • Contributing to the improvement of Youth Music’s funding processes and procedures
  • Updating guidance and other materials, including online forms
  • Providing support to others in the wider Youth Music team

Evaluation and learning

  • Building and maintaining expertise around at least one of Youth Music’s priority areas
  • Analysing evaluation data to report on impact and producing related content
  • Supporting grantholders to improve their evaluation planning and reporting
  • Contributing to the design of funding programmes
  • Producing resources and content for the Youth Music Network (our online community
  • for prospective and current grantholders and the music education sector)
  • Working with colleagues on the effective dissemination of knowledge and learning


  • Carrying out all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role
  • This post will require travel across England, occasionally involving overnight stays
  • This job description is not necessarily an exhaustive list of duties but is intended to reflect a range of duties the post-holder will perform



  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to effectively build and manage relationships
  • Understanding of the social issues facing children and young people today
  • Familiarity with funders, charities and not-for-profits
  • Organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems
  • Able to juggle competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical skills (you will be required to read and respond to applications and reports)
  • Proficient IT skills, including Microsoft Office, database software and/or content management systems
  • Pro-active and able to work independently and autonomously
  • Passion for music and interest in its benefits for individuals and society


  • Experience of working or volunteering in music education, grants management, youth work or advocacy, education or not-for-profit setting
  • Knowledge of grant making processes (application, assessment, funding agreements and monitoring)
  • Experience of analysing information for evaluation and/or assessment purposes and producing associated reports
  • Understanding of the outcomes approach in project planning and evaluation
  • Experience of project management, including financial planning and management
  • Understanding of the music education landscape and related government policy
  • Understanding of organisational best practice (financial health, governance, equality and diversity)


  • Follow this link to apply
  • The deadline for applications is Monday 6 January at 10AM
  • In your application, state that you heard about this vacancy through the Creative Access website