We’re Recruiting for New Music Practitioners

We are looking for a number of freelance musician-educators to work on our acclaimed group music projects in prisons and community/youth settings. To be eligible you must be able to demonstrate at least TWO of the following:

  • Exceptional professional musicianship
  • Music engineering skills (Ableton Live / Logic Pro), with extensive experience of studio engineering for commercial publication
  • Music education skills, with significant experience in teaching hard to reach/mixed ability groups, including goal setting, coaching, lesson planning, learner engagement and working towards educational outcomes

You will need the ability to inspire and motivate learners, and a commitment to using music for social change. This is challenging but highly rewarding work that has been shown to trigger long-term change in learners, and to enrich the practice of working musicians.
We have run music-based training in prisons, probation services and youth settings since 2013. To date we have worked with over 500 people across 24 prisons and 5 community organisations. We have helped 264 people to earn a BTEC award, and published 50 albums of original music. Listen to music from our courses
The Music Practitioner position is a freelance role with a competitive rate of pay that acknowledges the intense nature of the work. Candidates should be able to lead learners and support other members of the project team in co-creating an original album of music that is uniquely the product of those learners’ tastes, sensibilities and experiences.
Comprehensive training will be provided on working in prisons, as well as the Finding Rhythms process and values.

Main Responsibilities

  • Working as part of the project team. Ensuring that all members of the team share a common understanding of the process and goals
  • Engaging all learners, clearly explaining the project goals and expectations
  • Overseeing the creation of 8-10 tracks of original music for each project, including lyrics
  • Ensuring that the music which is created is in keeping with Finding Rhythms’ values
  • Where necessary, liaising with prison staff to ensure the smooth running of the project and minimal disruption to prison routines
  • Ensuring that all tracks are pre-mixed by the end of the project and ready to be mixed
  • Working with learners and project team to ensure thorough completion of all BTEC paperwork

Essential for this role

  • You’re conscientious, organised and punctual, with a keen eye for detail
  • You are aligned with our core values and committed to using the arts for social change
  • You are a highly trained and experienced musician / engineer/ music education specialist with significant experience of teaching or group music-making.
  •  DBS cleared, or willing to be so.

Necessary Skills

  • Ableton Live or Logic Pro
  • Strong background in teaching / music facilitation
  • Composition
  • Recording
  • Engineering
  • Mastery of at least one instrument


£ competitive, depending on experience

How to apply

Please download the applicant information pack for more information. To apply send your CV to info@finding-rhythms.co.uk. If you would like more information before making an application, please email the same address with your questions.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday 31st October
Interviews: Week commencing Monday 11th November