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Welcome to Bristol Beacon. A symbol of hope and community. A focal point for music in the city. A gathering space, illuminating the way ahead. A place of welcome, warmth and light. An open invitation to the city for everyone to come and share in the joy of live music.

Our purpose is to create unity and joy through live music. We believe in the power of music to break down barriers and cross boundaries, and we celebrate this in everything we do.

Bristol beacon is run by Bristol Music Trust. Launched in 2011, Bristol Music Trust is an independent organisation and registered charity (no. 1140898) created to develop Bristol Beacon’s artistic programme and promote music and music making in the city through Bristol Plays Music.

Following the renaming of Colston Hall to Bristol Beacon in September 2020, we are working to unify the performance and education aspects of our work under one name: Bristol Beacon, and developing a new strategic vision for the organisation.

We are in a period of major change for the Trust since our transformation project began in June 2018 to deliver a c.£50 million redevelopment of our venue. This will see a complete refurbishment of our two main spaces and the creation of a new venue and music education centre in the cellars.

For any questions around opportunities to work with us please see the sections below, or for anything not answered here please contact our People Manager at or call 0117 204 7108

Work experience / Student placements / Internships

To find out more about our work experience opportunities, click here.

We don’t currently offer an Internship or student placement programme, whilst this may change in the future, we are not currently offering any opportunities.


We offer opportunities to volunteer with us. If you’re passionate about music, education, heritage and your community there’s a range of opportunities on offer.

To find out more about how you can volunteer with us, click here.

Speculative job enquiries

Unfortunately we are often unable to respond to speculative enquiries for roles, but all available opportunities are listed here on our jobs page.  We are also unable to accept CV’s (unless requested) or keep CV’s on file, but you can check our website for opportunities or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Inclusion, Diversity and Accessibility

If you require our application form in an alternative format i.e. large print or you would like to talk about submitting your application in a different way, please contact our People Manager on 0117 204 7108

  • Reasonable adjustments will be made for applicants if required, please contact us if you have any needs.
  • Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role, will be offered an interview.
  • We are committed to developing a more diverse workforce and we believe that our work will be greater when we are representative of the lived experience across Bristol and the wider region. We are looking for people with the skills and experience to help us to widen our perspective and so better serve the needs of our communities.  You might have a different route into the arts, you may be from a diverse community, from a lower socio-economic background, have not been to University, or you may have work experience that is transferable to this role.  If you are from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector, we are looking for people who thrive on enhancing their skill set and have a range of different experience and the enthusiasm to develop their chosen field of work with us.  You can read more about our Transformation Promise and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion commitments here
  • We are working towards providing mentors who can give support to applicants who may not have worked in a cultural organisation before and would like some advice as to how to articulate their experience and how it is transferable. This might be because you are from a background that is underrepresented in our sector. To make a request for this please email we won’t ask you to disclose your background and you won’t meet with someone who is part of the recruiting panel.
  • We are also committed to the Wellbeing of our staff, and supporting our staff to be the best they can be at work.

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Bristol Music Trust is aware of its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as set out in the BMT Data Protection and Security Policy, and is committed to processing your data securely and transparently. This privacy notice sets out, in line with GDPR, the types of data that we collect and hold on you as a job applicant. It also sets out how we use that information, how long we keep it for and other relevant information about your data.

To read the full job applicant privacy notice, click here.

Current Vacancies & Opportunities

Bristol Beacon recognise, respect and value individual difference.  We are committed to the wellbeing of our staff and to being an Equal Opportunities employer and attracting diverse talent from sections of the community currently underrepresented in the culture sector to help us to develop a more diverse workforce.  We hold silver status for the Charter of Best Practice for Accessibility and we are Disability Confident Committed. 

If you have any questions around this or any other aspect of the recruitment process please get in touch with our People team. 

Please note that unfortunately we are unable to accept CVs or covering letters as applications for roles, unless these have been requested.

Development Manager, Full-Time, 37 Hours, Salary £29,000 per annum

The Development Team is responsible for the fundraising strategy and activity for Bristol Beacon.  We are currently managing our major capital transformation to create a world-class concert hall for the region and have been part of Bristol’s cultural heritage for 150 years.  Our vision is to unite people through the joy of live music, and we achieve this through a diverse programme of inspirational musical experiences.  The Development Manager will support the Development Director to manage a range of funding streams including corporate sponsorship, individual giving and trusts and foundations, as well as supporting the delivery of the capital fundraising strategy and activity.

We are looking for a dynamic individual, particularly with individual giving experience, who will have the ability to build strong relationships with our corporate and individual supporters and the ability to raise the profile of Bristol Beacon through your knowledge and appreciation of music and the arts.  You will also lead on corporate events, and plan and launch the delivery of public campaigns working closely with other teams across Bristol Beacon.

To apply, please read the Job Description and Application Guidance below and complete our Application form.  Please send your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to

Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Thursday 27 May 2021 

Development Manager JD – May 2021 with T&C’s

Application Guidance – November 2020

BMT Application Form – November 2020

Bristol Beacon Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Bristol Music Trust is Disability Confident Committed

The Disability Confident Government scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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