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Deadline for applications: Tuesday 19 February 
Audience Development Officer for The Bridge
Freelance position

The Bridge is a 2-year project, supported by Creative Europe, where four professional classical music organisations from across Europe will explore, share and develop ideas around artistic innovation and audience diversity in the classical music sector, as well as initiate a European String Ensembles Network.

With guidance from PLMF Music Trust in Estonia, three of the leading professional string orchestras in Europe (Scottish Ensemble (UK), Ensemble Resonanz (Germany), and the Trondheim Soloists (Norway) will celebrate and showcase how string repertoire and performance can be used to appeal to and engage more diverse audiences.  By gathering best practice and sharing exceptional projects they will inspire both industry leaders and a wider European public through a series of events and projects, which will all culminate in a 3-day multi-event festival in Glasgow during May 2020.

Read more about The Bridge.

About the role

The partners coordinating The Bridge are seeking an experienced and dedicated Audience Development Officer to support the planning and delivery of Building Bridges, a participatory audience development programme within The Bridge network and festival. This is a fantastic opportunity to join four highly renowned international music organisations and gain experience working in a European context, while supporting the organisations to refine their approach and knowledge of best practice in audience development and audience diversity in the classical music sector.

The Audience Development Officer will support the planning team to embed strong principles and practical processes that ensure The Bridge festival programme is open, accessible and appealing to a diverse audience, and creates welcoming experiences for all. We aim to engage with members of the public who are under-represented in concert halls, or who have traditionally faced barriers to enjoying live classical music.

The Audience Development Officer will lead the conception, coordination and, in some cases, delivery of a participative interactive programme of activities which specifically target and engage groups in a relevant, bespoke way. Individuals and community groups across the partner organisations’ home countries will be invited to get involved in this programme, in ways responding to their needs, experiences and preferences. Through participative workshops and live performances taking place throughout 2019-20, we aim to empower our new audiences to participate in, programme and perform live music, including via a final event in The Bridge Festival in Glasgow in May 2020.

A key stage of this role will be gathering information about successful audience development initiatives from each partner, determining how this information can be shared and replicated, and working to transfer learning across borders.

Role responsibilities

  • Collect baseline audience data for all partners, and map each group’s strengths, needs and priorities
  • With guidance from partners, devise a project plan to engage target groups
  • Engage with local communities and community providers to widen the reach of the project
  • Liaise with workshop leaders (local to each organisation) to guide delivery of activity
  • With The Bridge Project Manager, coordinating logistics elements of projects
  • Oversee communication with participants
  • Devising a live event for inclusion in the Festival which shares outcomes of the participative activities with a public audience
  • Establish a monitoring and evaluation framework through which to track success and learning
  • Work with The Bridge team on final reports and sharing of project outcomes

Essential skills and experience

  • At least three years working in an arts organisation
  • Experience of managing audience development initiatives, ideally with excluded and/or vulnerable groups
  • Experience of devising workshops
  • Track record of building project frameworks; data collection; evaluation processes
  • Understanding of European classical music and sector and its challenges
  • Exceptional communication and team-building skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Desirable skills and experience

  • Experience of audience development in a festival context
  • Experience of leading participative music projects
  • Experience of working on international projects
  • Previous roles in a classical music organisation
  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience/qualifications)

    Application deadline

    Tuesday 19 February 2019


    Friday 1 March 2019 (the majority of interviews will be held on Skype or Zoom)

    Period of Employment

    March/April 2019 – September 2020


    £3,750 (all in fee; we expect this role will require 25 days’ work across the period)

    Position type

    Freelance contract


    Approximately 25 days between March/April 2019 and September 2020, including evaluation and documentation for final report


    This role can be delivered by someone working from home in any location in Europe. The successful candidate will be expected to spend an extended period in Glasgow in May 2020.

    Line manager

    Jana Robert, Project Manager for The Bridge, Scottish Ensemble

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to office@scottishensemble.co.uk outlining why you would like to work with us, and what you would hope to bring to the role, by Tuesday 19 February.

As lead coordinator, Scottish Ensemble has ultimate responsibility for this project and The Bridge’s Project Manager will line manage this role. However, the successful candidate could be based anywhere in Europe.

Scottish Ensemble is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to building a diverse workforce. We will consider working structures to accommodate a range of personal circumstances, and promote equality of opportunity between those who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.

You can find further information on The Bridge here. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jenny Jamison, Chief Executive of Scottish Ensemble on 0141 332 4747 or jenny.jamison@scottishensemble.co.uk

With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.