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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 hr@bristolbeacon.org 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.

Volunteering

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 Team on 0117 204 7108 or email hr@bristolbeacon.org

  • 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 hr@bristolbeacon.org 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.

Job Applicant Privacy Notice

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. BMT Job Applicant privacy notice

Current Vacancies & Opportunities

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.

Bristol Beacon, Freelance Music Practitioners, £25.25 per hour

Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the award-winning music education hub for the city of Bristol and part of Bristol Beacon. We are looking for inspiring and experienced Freelance Music Practitioners from different musical disciplines to teach in a range of settings including in primary and secondary schools and at our busy music centres in Bristol.

We are looking for freelance instrumental tutors to teach the following instruments:

Double Bass / French Horn / Violin / Keyboard / Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)

We are also looking for freelance music practitioners with youth work and mentoring experience to teach Music Production / DJing / Vocals – Singing (and or Rapping) / Multi-Instrumental Bands within our popular music centre.  Applicants for this area of work must have professional recording and performance experience and an excellent knowledge of modern, popular, and underground music genres.

We are an inclusive practice organisation and as such welcome applications from musicians experienced in working with children in challenging circumstances, including children in care and children with SEND.

Applications are invited from creative musicians from all sections of the community with proven teaching excellence, good communication skills and a passion and commitment for teaching music to children and young people from all backgrounds.  We particularly encourage applications from disabled and ethnically diverse backgrounds as these groups are currently underrepresented within the arts and culture sectors.  All of our Freelance Practitioners receive comprehensive and high quality CPD throughout the year, including training, networking, and mentoring.

To apply for this role please read the additional information below for the role and complete and return our application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by: 9am on Monday 9th August 2021.

Please send your completed application to HR@bristolbeacon.org

Freelance Music Practitioner – Project Brief

Bristol Beacon Freelance Music Practitioner – Application Form

Bristol Beacon Freelance Music Practitioner – Application Procedure

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Bristol Beacon – Bristol Plays Music, Music Centre Assistants, £10.10 per hour

Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the award-winning music education hub for the city of Bristol. We are looking for committed and reliable Music Centre Assistants to support our busy education team in delivering high quality music tuition and music making opportunities to young people across Bristol.

We are looking for 3 part-time freelancers Music Centre Assistants to support our Music Centre teams. As a Music Centre Assistant, you would be required to carry out administrative tasks such as registration, first aid (training provided) and liaising with the music centre tutors, parents and young people to ensure safe learning environments.  Music centre activities take place on weekdays after school between 4-7pm and on Saturday mornings. Hours are flexible and generally during term-time. Our music centres are located around the city.

We are an inclusive practice organisation and as such welcome applications from musicians experienced in working with children in challenging circumstances, including children in care and children with SEND.

We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, ethnic minority (BAME), and/or disabilities as these groups are currently underrepresented in the arts.  All BPM Freelance Practitioners receive comprehensive and high quality CPD throughout the year, including training, networking and mentoring.

To apply for this role please read the additional information below for the role and complete and return our application form and equal opportunities monitoring form with a copy of your CV by: 9am on Monday 9th August 2021.

Please send your completed application to HR@bristolbeacon.org

Freelance Music Centre Assistant – Application Form

Freelance Music Administration Assistant – Project Brief

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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 from Attitude is Everything, and we are Disability Confident Committed. 

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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