Jobs with The Spark

This month, we are looking for musicians to join two projects: Braunstone Beats (a Primary school and community project) and Music Champions (an Early Years project). Please see below for more information about both.

For information about the Ideas Fund Commissions callout please click here

Musician - Early Years (Music Champion)

The Spark Arts for Children is working with partners across Leicester and Leicestershire to develop champions for music in early years settings as part of a new network. This two year project has been funded by Youth Music and local music partners.

We are looking for two musicians who will work with The Spark and our partners at Leicester City Council (Neighbourhood Services and Early Help).

The Music Champion project aims to:

  • Develop music opportunity for all children by supporting musicians and early years practitioners (EYP) to become 'Music Champions' in early years settings.
  • Develop a partnership between musicians and early years practitioners working together on equal footing.
  • Develop and share learning and practice to a wider group through the new music champion network.

The project will run October 2021 to June 2022. Please see the document below for more information.

Closing date for applications: 20 September
Interviews the week of 4 October

Music Leader (Community Project in Braunstone)

We have an opportunity for a musician interested in supporting a residency in schools and working with partners to develop and lead a new youth music ensemble in Braunstone.

We are specifically looking for a musician who is excited about the idea to develop a community ensemble, with a world music influence.

The project will be delivered in two phases. Phase one will be a music residency in three city schools with professional jazz musician Arun Ghosh, this will culminate in a live performance at The Spark Festival. Phase two will establish a new and sustainable world music ensemble, with and for the Braunstone Community.

This is a one-year project, delivered in partnership with Leicestershire Music Hub and funded by Youth Music and local partners.

The project will run September 2021 to August 2022. Please see the document below for more information.

Closing date for applications: 20 September
Interviews: expected to be online via Teams on 23 September

How do I apply?

For both jobs please submit your expression of interest and CV via email to:

Your expression of interest should be around 500 words – you should share your relevant experience and your interest in this professional development opportunity. You can also submit additional audio/video files or links about your work. This contract will be subject to an enhanced DBS with Barred List check.

Please mark your application "Music Leader" or "Music Champion" depending on what role you are applying for. If you would like to apply for both, we are happy to accept one submission – please mark this clearly on your application.

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