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Nottingham Trent University

Archived: Music Programmers x2

Do you have a passion for music, excellent communication skills and an unflinching belief in the accessibility of music traditions? Do you possess significant experience of working in arts administration – an arts venue, music festival or performing arts organisation – and relevant industry knowledge, contacts, and experience? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Our vision for University Hall

We’re seeking two music programmers to help realise our artistic vision for University Hall – an intimate, 500-seat venue on Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) City Campus in Nottingham city centre.

We want to transform University Hall into a venue for young people to experience the emerging talents of UK artists in classical traditions from around the world. We want to challenge perceptions of classical music and be truly accessible to all. We want young people from the University’s community, and across the city, to access musical excellence from the next generation of classical artists. We believe that if we become accessible to the least engaged, we become accessible to all.

The roles

We’re looking for at least two music programmers to work with our Culture team to road test our vision during the 2023/24 academic year. We’d like to hear from classical and global roots programmers who can work with us to build audiences for music of classical tradition. A knowledge of Nottingham and its music ecology would be advantageous, but not essential.

Duration: 6-month contract, starting in June 2023
7.5 hours a week
Remote working with some travel to Nottingham required

  • Programming up to five events a year in University Hall
  • Working with agents and promoters, and industry networks to position University Hall as a fixture for touring programmes
  • Negotiating contracts for engagement fees and expenses
  • Liaising closely with the Culture Manager and marketing team
  • Coordinating student engagement opportunities with the Director of Music

These roles are offered on a freelance basis, paid monthly on submission of invoice. Applicants must possess the right to work in the UK.

How to apply

Please send expressions of interest – outlining how you would bring your knowledge, skills and experience to one of these roles – to Amy Bere, Director of Culture ( by 5 pm on Wednesday 31 May 2023.

About Nottingham Trent University

A progressive higher education institution, we’ve been awarded Modern University of the Year four times between 2018 and 2023, and our students have recently voted us University of the Year at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023. We have one of the UK’s largest and diverse student communities, with around 40,000 students studying at all levels of learning, across our five campuses.