Music Programme Manager
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: England Department: Music Job Category: 2 days a week, 2 year fixed-term contract Location: London Pay Band: 7 (£25,758 - £32,463 pro rata)
The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

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.

 In the Music team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary 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 and music sector professionals to build relationships between the music sector in the UK and around the world.


The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Music Programme Manager to provide specialist support to British Council offices overseas to ensure the development, implementation and management of high-quality, strategic music programmes which meet specific regional requirements and support the British Council’s cultural relations objectives.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
  • A good, wide knowledge of UK music, particularly contemporary, and the ability to make critical judgements across different genres.
  • A good network of contacts across the UK music sector.
  • Substantial recent professional experience in the UK music sector
  • The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences 
Some of the main opportunities/challenges include: (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties)
  • Working within cross-departmental and multi-location teams to deliver music programmes within a large, complex international organisation.
  • Working on multiple programmes with different cultural and operational contexts (resources, capacity, infrastructure, market, political).
  • Creating opportunities for the UK music sector that encourage international showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange within a cultural relations context.
  • Maintaining expertise in contemporary UK music.
  • Develop music programmes that respond to BC aims around ODA work, for example in capacity building and music for social change
  • Contributing to developing the digital representation of Music Department’s work.
  • Sharing expertise in specialist genres with others in the team as needed 
Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

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 try and 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. 

For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile

British Council behaviours


Generous pension
32 days annual leave
Flexible working policy
Childcare vouchers
Season ticket loan

The closing date is Monday 8th May at 23:59pm UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews for the week commencing 30th May