OpenUp Music seeks Education Manager

Closing Date: 29 April 2018

OpenUp Music

Location: Bristol

Remuneration: £32,400 pro rata


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Reports to: Musical Director

Contract: Permanent, 0.6 FTE

About OpenUp Music:

OpenUp Music is an award-winning Bristol-based charity, delivering ambitious, national programmes to raise standards in music education for young disabled people. Our vision is a world where orchestras are open to everyone. Our mission is to make orchestras accessible to young disabled people. We have two strategically connected programmes of work:

Open Orchestras – a growing national movement to broaden first access musical provision for young disabled people. Open Orchestras provides Music Education Hubs, arts organisations and special schools with the resources, training and support they need to establish and maintain inclusive school orchestras.

Open Orchestras currently supports more than 250 young disabled people in 25 special schools in the South-West, Midlands and North-East of England in partnership with 16 Music Education Hubs. From September 2018, Open Orchestras will expand into London, the South-East and the East of England, working with 35 partner organisations and supporting 450 young disabled people in 45 Open Orchestras. The national expansion of Open Orchestras is generating demand for a national disabled-led musical progression route.

National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) – the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra. Launching in September 2018, in partnership with Barbican, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bristol Music Trust and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, NOYO will provide an inclusive progression route to support the musical development of some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians.

NOYO builds upon the success of the award-winning South-West Open Youth Orchestra (SWOYO), the UK’s first disabled-led regional youth orchestra, founded in 2015. Trailblazing SWOYO performances have included Bristol Cathedral, the Colston Hall, and a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast on BBC Music Day. In 2017, SWOYO won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award – the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the UK.

Our Values:

  • Diversity – we are committed to equality and subscribe to the social model of disability
  • Excellence – we ensure that every element of our work is of exceptionally high quality
  • Ambition – we support everyone we work with to enable them to reach their potential
  • Integrity – we are honest in every aspect of our governance, activity and communication
  • Creativity – we understand that creativity is the lifeblood of our organisation and it’s work

Role Description:

OpenUp Music is searching for a part-time Education Manager – a very special opportunity to be an integral part of an organisation that is revolutionising the musical lives of young disabled people across the country.

You will facilitate and increase engagement with the Open Orchestras programme, driving growth and customer retention and developing the programme to ensure it continues to meet

OpenUp Music’s objectives and the needs of our customers.

To succeed in this role you’ll need the right combination of music education experience, programme development and strategic partnership working, along with passion and determination.

Working with a small group of dedicated individuals, this pivotal role will provide you with an opportunity to use your skills and experience to have an impact that genuinely changes lives.

We believe passionately in the strength that diversity brings to a team and welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you are disabled and require any adjustments to enable you to work please get in touch at, we would be very keen to discuss this with you.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drive the growth and customer retention of the Open Orchestras programme through the development of strong relationships and partnerships with Music Education Hubs, schools and arts organisations
  • Identify and develop new Open Orchestras customer groups
  • Manage the customer support process from enquiry through to programme delivery
  • Visit each Open Orchestras lead partner at least once annually to build relationships, gather feedback and inform the development of the programme
  • Represent Open Orchestras externally: attending meetings, networking and education events; speaking at conferences; contributing articles and reports for publication
  • As part of the management team, contribute to the development of the Open Orchestras programme (including the programme model, pedagogy, resources and evaluation framework) to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our customers and OpenUp Music’s objectives
  • Devise and commission or prepare musical and educational resources to support the Open Orchestras programme
  • Work closely with the Operations Manager and Communications Manager to ensure that Open Orchestras processes, procedures and communications are effective and efficient
  • Work closely with the Operations Manager to plan, coordinate and oversee Open Orchestras training and support
  • Support the recruitment, selection and training of freelance Open Orchestras trainers to deliver high quality activities
  • Deliver Open Orchestras training and support, alongside our team of freelance Open Orchestras trainers
  • Research assessment and accreditation options for both Open Orchestras and the National Open Youth Orchestra
  • Through contacts and networks, encourage talent spotting for the National Open Youth Orchestra
  • Liaise with the Development Manager to prepare funding applications
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager to ensure effective external communication with the press
  • Resolve any issues that arise as part of the Open Orchestras programme delivery
  • Investigate ways in which OpenUp Music and the National Open Youth Orchestra can further broaden its educational outreach

General Responsibilities

  • Attend team, staff and other meetings as required
  • Work in accordance with OpenUp Music policies, procedures, aims, objectives and values
  • Maintain confidentiality agreements and conduct yourself in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate a willingness to undertake training as required for the development of the post and enhancement of the charity’s skill base
  • Attend OpenUp Music events and represent OpenUp Music at external events, some out of hours, when required
  • Engage with staff and clients of OpenUp Music in a positive and constructive manner
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the post
  • Have, or be prepared to complete, an Enhanced DBS check for the Child Workforce

Skills, Knowledge and Experience


  • Significant experience and a track record in music education, delivering high quality music education with young people
  • Experience of devising and developing music education programmes, including the development of music and education resources
  • Experience with assessment and accreditation in music
  • The ability to work within a team and to lead, manage and motivate staff to achieve outstanding results
  • Proven ability to liaise, and work effectively in partnership, with other
  • organisations
  • Able to identify opportunities and think strategically
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including persuasive oral and written communication
  • Ability to present information verbally or in writing to a range of audiences in a clear and confident manner
  • Experience of monitoring and managing budgets
  • Someone who is cool, calm and collected in challenging, high pressure situations
  • Able to meet tight deadlines,and manage workload effectively
  • Proven track record of delivering and reporting against SMART targets
  • Able to work without supervision and use own initiative
  • A flexible work ethic being able to assist in other areas of the charity as required
  • An excellent general education including GCSE or above in English & Maths (or equivalent)
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills
  • Excellent computer literacy
  • Able to work in Bristol but willing to travel, working out of office hours at times with overnight stays


  • Background in the arts and/or charity sectors
  • Experience working with young disabled/non-disabled people and their families
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Open Orchestras programme, ideally with experience of delivery, or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Education to degree level or equivalent professional qualification
  • Own car

To apply please submit a CV and covering letter to by midnight on 29th April 2018. Interviews will be held on Thursday 3rd May.

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