Programme Manager, Music
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Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Duration: Permanent Who can apply: You must have pre-existing independent right to work and live in the UK without restrictions Location : Manchester Benefits : Competitive package offered Closing date: Sunday 15 November 2015



This role leads on the development of music programmes across all genres across 1 - 3 regions of the world, and will contribute to the development of cross-cutting, cross art-form and cross-Departmental programmes (English, Education and Society) as appropriate. The Programme Manager works closely with Arts Managers and other British Council staff overseas to agree programmes and activities which respond appropriately to local opportunity and context, contributing to the British Council’s cultural relations purpose. S/he provides the connection to the UK sector and is able to draw upon a wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary UK music across a wide range of genres and network of UK contacts to provide specialist advice, contributing directly to project design, implementation, management and evaluation.

The Organisation

The British Council has offices in over 100 countries around the world, and 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.




Music Department




The Music team

Music Department is one of the six specialist art forms in Arts Group, and 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 aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with theUK.

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.




We require the successful candidate to

  • Have a good, wide knowledge of UK contemporary music across a range of genres, and the ability to make critical judgements
  • Have a good network of contacts across the UK music sector.
  • Have substantial recent professional experience in the UK music sector
  • Have the ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences.





Competitive package offered, including

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




For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile


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Generic Statement

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before Sunday 15 November at 23:59

Equality of Opportunity (UK)

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.