Music Co-ordinator and Assistant to Director Music
Country / Territory
Job Category
Administration, PA & Secretarial
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Pay band: 6 (£20,254 to £22,505) + London allowance of £3,300 for London based candidates Location: UK - London Contract type: Indefinite Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: Tuesday 21st January 2020 (23:59)

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK. We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in. Link to Vision on internet.

In the Music team we use our connections and understanding of the UK music sector across all genres from classical to urban to advise and support our international colleagues on working with music within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with musicians, composers, festivals, venues, journalists, programmers, sector organisations and other sector professionals to build relationships between the music communities across all genres in the UK and around the world.


The Opportunity:


This role supports all aspects of the work of the Director of Music.  Main responsibilities may include diary management with internal and external stakeholders; meeting logistics, preparation, follow up and minute-taking; correspondence;  managing administration processes including arranging regular UK and global travel, processing contracts and creating and processing purchase orders; acting as point of contact for colleagues and external sector professionals.

The successful individual will also support all aspects of the work of the Music team and is the first point of contact for artists, organizations and other music sector professionals, particularly in the classical music sector.  You will liaise with the team and the Comms and Social Media manager in assisting with the Music department communications including social media and website.


Main opportunity and challenges for this role: 


  • Proactive and effective diary management and forward planning for Director Music
  • Communicating confidently and professionally with internal colleagues, senior managers and with high-level professional contacts in the music sector
  • Ensuring projects, particularly with the classical sector, run smoothly and to plan, working alongside programme managers to achieve this
  • Build knowledge across all genres of the UK music sector, live, recorded and broadcast.



What we require of the successful candidate:

  • You will have experience of administration for example organising travel, finance, events and diary management.
  • Excellent knowledge of and interest in UK music sector and a wide range of UK music, particularly Classical.
  • Some professional experience within the UK music sector, preferably within Classical music

If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:        


Role Profile

British Council Behaviours                                

Core Skills



32 days paid annual leave (excluding bank holidays)

Generous Benefits and Civil Service Pension Scheme

Interest Free Travel Season Ticket Loan


Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by Tuesday 21st January 2020 (23:59). 


Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.