JOB OPPORTUNITY: Learning and Participation Intern at sound

21 April 2022

sound is offering a paid five or six-month part-time post/internship for an emerging contemporary classical music composer interested in developing their skills in managing and running learning and participation events and workshops, and gaining experience working in a new music organisation.sound is a new music incubator based in North East Scotland, encouraging new music creation and discovery. We run the annual soundfestival, as well as year-round activity supporting a wide range of composers, engaging with local communities and providing educational opportunities.

The chosen candidate will work closely with all members of the sound team and play a critical role in delivery of our learning and participation programme. As a team, we are still currently working from home, and the successful candidate can be based anywhere in Scotland, but must have the ability to travel to Aberdeen/shire for live meetings and activities.

This is a temporary part-time position running from early June to November / early December (negotiable).

Job Description
Job Title: Learning and Participation Intern

Works with the Director, Coordinator, Marketing and Audience Development Manager.


The Learning and Participation intern will ensure that all learning and participation events run smoothly and successfully with the support and collaboration of the Director and Coordinator. These events include our Get Creative programme for primary and secondary aged children/young people kids (including a 3-day composition course), any schools activity and other community projects and events. They may also be asked to collaborate on other elements of sound’s activity (such as the soundfestival and our composer support programme) as required. We are a small team with staff members supporting each other where necessary.

  • Plan and manage education activities, performances, workshops and other associated activity to deliver the learning and participation programme with the support of the Coordinator.
  • Recruit creative arts practitioners to deliver projects, and monitor and evaluate their activities to ensure they are successfully delivering the project.
  • Take part in leading workshops where appropriate.
  • Liaise with the Marketing and Audience Development Manager to ensure relevant marketing materials are produced and distributed for learning and participation activities, that relevant social media activity takes place and that there is effective external communication with the press and public.
  • With the support of the Coordinator, collect and analyse monitoring and evaluation data to ensure the programmes stability and continued development and complete all necessary reports.
  • Manage the programme budget in collaboration with the Director and contribute to the research and applications for funding to support the programme.
  • Ensure that the organisation complies with best practice through supporting and promoting all organisation policy, with specific attention to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups, Equalities, and Health and Safety.
  • Undertake various other miscellaneous tasks as and when required (general team support).

Person specification


  • Degree in music (preferably with specialism in composition).
  • An interest in learning and participation events, with some experience in a community development setting. Organisational experience, even within a pupil or student setting.
  • Workshop leading skills.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • An ability to remain cheerful and efficient under pressure.
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • IT skills (Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, social media).
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of the team.
  • Willing to work occasional weekends and evenings, as well as long and unsociable hours in the run up to and during the soundfestival.


  • Knowledge and understanding of sound as an organisation.
  • Some experience or understanding of budgets.

Terms and Conditions

Working days/hours
This post is a 0.5 post, i.e. 17.5 hours a week, which over a 6-month period equates to 455 hours. Because of the nature of the work (some weeks are busier than others), we expect these hours to be divided over a 6-month period as needed. In order to keep track of hours worked, a time sheet will need to be kept and submitted There may be a small amount of over-time available.Place of work   
Hybrid working with a mix of working from home and on-site.

Accommodation and travel during the delivery of activities will be covered by sound.

Contract type
Temporary fixed term contract

£5,005 for six months (or pro rata if less)

Pension Scheme
sound will comply with employer pension duties in accordance with the Part 1 of the Pension Act 2008, as amended or replaced from time to time.

We use positive action under the section 159 of the Equality Act in relation to disability or race. This means that if we have two candidates of equal merit in our process, we will seek to take forward the D/deaf, disabled, Black, Asian or ethnically diverse candidate in order to further diversify our staff team.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the role and your motivation to with the subject title ‘Learning and Participation Intern’.Deadline for applications: Monday 9 May 2022

Interviews will take place on Sunday 15 / Monday 16 May.

Expenses will be covered.

We require all candidates to have a right to work in the UK.


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Scottish Music Industry Association

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+44 (0) 141 478 0228



The Scottish Music Industry Association receives Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.