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Sage Gateshead

Archived: CoMusica Manager (Maternity Cover)

Introduction to Sage Gateshead

Founded in 2004, Sage Gateshead has an international reputation as a new centre for music combining performance, education and participation working across a wide range of musical genres and reaching a broad audience. It is also one of the region’s leading conference centres. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.

Sage Gateshead runs:

  • A Performance Programme of events and festivals across musical genres (folk, classical, rock, indie, jazz, electronic) for 360 days of the year (1700 seater and 600 seater venues)
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full time contract chamber orchestra
  • One of the largest Creative Learning Programmes in the UK
  • One of the biggest conference and events businesses in the north
  • A folk development agency, Folkworks
  • An iconic visitor attraction, designed by Foster + Partners on the banks of the Tyne with a large public space, three auditoriums and 25 learning spaces.

In 2015/16 Sage Gateshead delivered:

  • 623 performance events1
  • 6,045 courses, classes and workshops
  • 84 conferences
  • 22 premieres and commissions
  • 105 broadcasts

In 2014 Sage Gateshead completed its first decade. During this period the charity had:

  • 6 million visitors
  • 1.5 million participants
  • 1000 conferences
  • 4000 concerts
  • £283 million of economic benefit to the region

Job Information

Team: Young People’s Programme
Location: Sage Gateshead and may include some regional and national travel
Working Hours: 36 hours per week. The role will include some evening & weekend work
Salary: £24,002 – £27,470 pro rata per annum (SCP 27-31)
Duration of the role: Fixed term maternity cover

Position in Organisation

Reports to: Head of Musical Inclusion
Responsible for: Up to 4 staff members
Works in conjunction with: Young People’s Programme team Colleagues from across Sage Gateshead
Budget responsibility: c. £300,000

About the Role

Each year Sage Gateshead has over 500,000 people come into our building, 50,000 people attend live events beyond our building and 2 million people engage with our work via digital and broadcast content. Our audience is diverse and has both a high level of new attenders each year and a core of extremely frequent attenders.

We are 13 years old and have a new vision for the next phase of our life, working together with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts and 8 other venues in NewcastleGateshead to increase cultural engagement, establish the region as a great place to be an artist and build social and economic value for the North of England.

Sage Gateshead is one of the national strategic partners of the Foundation for Youth Music and for the last seventeen years has been the North East regional leader in supporting children and young people living in challenging circumstances to engage with music. Through our long-standing partnership with Youth Music we have a regional remit to support other organisations and music leaders in through training, networks and the development of innovative models and practice.

Our CoMusica programme works in partnership to create equality of opportunity for children and young people in challenging circumstances, offering music both as a means of engagement and improving life chances and as basic right to access and create music and progress to the highest levels of achievement if they wish to.

Overall purpose of the job

Main purpose of job:

  • To provide exceptional management of CoMusica.
  • To collaborate with North East Music Education Hubs, partners and stakeholders.
  • To maintain excellent pastoral care and maximise opportunities at Sage Gateshead and the region for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances.
  • To support increased musical inclusion at Sage Gateshead and within the North East
  • To champion excellence and inclusion and seek to build reputation of the programme, regionally and nationally.

Main Duties and responsibilities:

  • To develop and manage activities, projects and events in Sage Gateshead’s CoMusica Programme, including
    – Youth Music Fund C
    – Youth Music Fund A and B projects
    – Other partnership projects
    – SEND 1:1s
  • To contribute to Sage Gateshead’s Young Musicians Programme Inclusion project
  • To manage systems, which support these activities, projects and events working closely with:-
    – Colleagues in our Young People’s Programme, RNS and Classical and Popular and Contemporary, Operations, Business Support and Marketing
    – Children and young people, families /carers
    – Music Leaders and Visiting Artists
    – External partners and stakeholders including other Youth Music Fund A, B and C holders, Music Education Hubs, schools, local authorities, arts and cultural organisations, youth justice, NHS and VCSEs
  • To work closely with colleagues to draw deeply on the artistic assets of our Classical and Popular and Contemporary programmes to ensure participants benefit from opportunities with visiting artists
  • To create, manage and report on budgets and hold responsibility for meeting agreed financial targets
  • To manage Youth Music grants, business to business contracts and support fundraising to ensure long term sustainability of the programme
  • To write marketing materials, reports, proposals, funding claims etc. in consultation with appropriate colleagues
  • To maintain detailed understanding of the needs of participants and relevant public policy
  • To work with appropriate stakeholders and colleagues to establish what next for our practice in working with young people who are Early Years, NEET, LAC and SEND and explore other priorities with stakeholders and partners
  • To work with colleagues, children and young people and partners to identify and share learning with a wide range of partners and stakeholders
  • To ensure effective recruitment of participants, working closely with colleagues in Sage Gateshead’s Marketing and Communications team and with external partners to build pathways and progression routes
  • To ensure appropriate safeguarding and pastoral care for participants throughout the programme, working closely with relevant colleagues to maintain consistency and high standards
  • To manage, implement and review evidence collection systems, working closely with the Data, Insights and Evaluation Manager
  • To implement Youth Music’s Quality Framework and Sage Gateshead’s Critical Evaluation Framework within the programme where required
  • To work closely with the Creative Learning Operations Manager on scheduling and timetabling of programmes and the contracting of Project Leaders, Musicians and Artists
  • To advocate for North Music Trust, and specifically the CoMusica Programme, at meetings and events, nationally and internationally as requiredTo accept appropriate individual responsibility for the observance, promotion and implementation of Health & Safety, Child Protection Customer Care, Equality and Diversity, Dignity at Work and other policies with the Trust
  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the post and in line with the needs of the organisation

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do job


Essential (required)

  • Minimum A level standard of education or equivalent

Essential (required)

  • At least three years’ experience of managing creative learning/music education activity
  • Working with children and young people in challenging circumstances
  • Working with musicians in educational or participatory arts settings

Desirable (Optional)

  • Experience of working in a performing arts organisation

Skills or knowledge
Essential (Required)

  • Excellent programme management skills, including:
    – Scheduling and contracting
    – Financial management
    – Programme planning
    – Line management
    – Task management
    – Systems management
  • Some knowledge, experience and understanding in relation to:
    – Monitoring and evaluating projects
    – Safeguarding and child protection policies and protocols
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report and copy writing
  • Skills and confidence in communicating with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Expert in Microsoft tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management, especially Tessitura and Artifax
  • Knowledge of music education and advanced music training practice
  • Understanding of musical inclusion and social outcomes of music learning
  • Knowledge of and passion for at least two of the following areas of music:
    – Choral Music
    – Community Music
    – Contemporary music
    – Folk and traditional music
    – Jazz and improvised music
    – Pop and rock music
    – Urban music
    – World Music
  • The ability to manage your own workload, working on your own initiative and as part of a team
    – Excellent attention to detail

Terms and Conditions

We believe Sage Gateshead is a great place to work – an innovative and friendly environment, where no two days are ever the same.

The holiday entitlement for this post is 33 days pa pro rata (including statutory holidays).

The salary for this post is in the range from £24,002 to £27,470.

We also offer subsidised parking for staff members, as well as a discount in our café, and access to a voluntary health cash plan, bike to work scheme, childcare vouchers, travel ticket scheme and auto-enrol pension.

Please note that successful applicant for this post will require an Enhanced Level DBS check.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, visit

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9am on Friday 16th March 2018.

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