Closing Date: 31 January 2021
The National Foundation for Youth Music
Remuneration: £20 per hour
What the assessor role involves:
Youth Music gives out funding to organisations to run music projects with children and young people. We have an open application process to apply for our funding. We take a lot of care over our funding decisions, as we aim to distribute the money fairly and where there is greatest need. On average, around one third of applications are successful.
Part of our decision-making involves an assessment of the applications we have received. This is generally done by our team of freelance assessors. It involves looking at the application form, supporting information, and websites and social media. Assessors review the information against set criteria and then write a short report back to Youth Music. The process is conducted electronically through our online grants database.
There are no set hours each month and assessors are paid for each assessment they complete. The position is freelance and home based. The assessment process for each funding round lasts around a month and applications take between one and four hours to assess (depending on the nature of the fund). Each round, we agree in advance how many applications you would like to take on.
We use different assessors for different funds, depending on their background and experience. Our current open funds are:
• Funds A and B – provides funding for projects and programmes supporting children and young people (aged 0 to 25) who face barriers to participation because of who they are, where they live or what they’re going through. These funds also support workforce and organisational development to promote inclusion and diversity.
• Incubator Fund – a £2m fund that enables music industry organisations to help 18-25 year olds to develop their careers and earn money through working in music. The focus of the fund is on the mutual benefit gained from bringing fresh thinking, creative and entrepreneurial new talent into a workplace or network. It gives 18-25 year olds the opportunity to deliver their own projects and receive support from music companies through training, mentoring and networking.
In 2021 we’re launching a new fund that will give grants directly to young people aged 18-25, to enable them to carry out their own creative music projects. We’re also currently developing our grant application and decision-making processes, and there may be scope for assessors to be get involved in this work as it develops.
Who we’re looking for
Youth Music is in the process of diversifying our staff and freelance team and a focus for 2021 is to bring more lived experience into our assessment and decision-making processes. We want to engage people who have experience planning, delivering or taking part in projects like the ones that Youth Music funds; or who have first-hand experience of working in the music industries.
You may not have done any assessing before, but that doesn’t matter if you have the right skills and attributes. Assessors need to be comfortable analysing information against set criteria and bringing together information from a range of sources to draw conclusions. The ability to write concisely and in plain English is also important.
We value all kinds of experience and want to engage people from a variety of backgrounds. We are keen to diversify our team and are currently underrepresented by Disabled and neurodivergent people, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We also have a low number of male assessors.
Experience and qualities we’re seeking
• Passionate about the work of Youth Music and alignment with our values.
• Experience planning, delivering or taking part in projects like Youth Music funds, or first-hand experience working in the music industries.
• Understanding of issues affecting young people and the barriers they face to accessing music education or music industry employment.
• Capable of analysing information and drawing conclusions.
• Ability to research people and organisations through social media and websites.
• Can summarise information in plain English.
• Attention to detail.
• Comfortable working to deadlines with minimal supervision.
• Discreet and able to maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Someone who has access to the internet and is comfortable using online software.
• Understanding of organisational finances and the ability to interpret financial information in spreadsheets and annual accounts.
• Able to critically assess music.
• Experience delivering creative projects.