Programme Manager

Open Up Music

What can you receive?
£35 - £45k pro rata


4 October 2023

Open Up Music is an organisation with a simple but powerful mission: to open up music to young disabled musicians. We work alongside those young people to tackle musical inequality – inspiring new instruments and creating new musical forms for the 21st century. We are looking for a dynamic and passionate Programme Manager to join us at an exciting stage of development.

This academic year we are providing accessible musical progression opportunities to over 600 of the most marginalised young musicians in the UK. We do this through our award-winning programmes, including Open Orchestras (the largest network of inclusive ensembles in the UK) and the National Open Youth Orchestra (the world’s first disabled-led national youth ensemble). Clarion, our award-winning digital musical instrument designed for accessibility, will also be made commercially available, enabling musicians across the UK to access it.

As a Programme Manager you will play a pivotal role in enhancing Open Up Music’s impact on the lives of young disabled people. Your responsibilities will encompass strategic programme management and leadership, driving the success of our initiatives. This is a really exciting opportunity for an effective Programme Manager with a desire to orchestrate positive change, ensuring seamless operations and delivering against our organisational objectives.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of who we are. We take our responsibility to acknowledge, challenge and dismantle barriers within music and our organisation extremely seriously. To that end, we are especially interested in receiving applications from disabled people.

We also recognise that systems of privilege, structural disadvantage and barriers to participation often intersect with one another. For this reason, we particularly welcome applications from people from other structurally disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups. This may include people from the Global Majority, migrants, refugees, non-binary people, people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Please download the Recruitment Pack from our website for further information. If you need any support to submit an application, want to discuss alternative ways of giving us the information we’re asking for, or want to find out more about the role, please contact our Head of ​​Operations Helen (she/her) at or call her on 07504 008529 for a chat.

Submit your application by 10:00 on Wednesday 4 October 2023.

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