Creative Access
Grants & learning officer

Grants & learning officer

ExpiresExpires: 21/07/2022
Permanent position
£31,000 to £40,000 per year

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Thursday 21 July 2022

Interviews: Thursday 28 and Friday 29 July 2022.

Salary: £31,200 per annum


With this upcoming opportunity you could be playing a key role in helping deliver an ambitious, nationwide grants programme. 

Youth Music is a national charity with a mission to ensure that more young people aged 0-25 can make, learn and earn in music. We believe that every young person should have a chance to change their life through music. Yet research shows that many can’t because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through. Through our insights, influence, and investment in grassroots organisations, we improve access to music and campaign for change. 

We currently support over grassroots organisations and 18-25 year old creatives, and relationship management is at the heart of the role. As well as supporting applicants and funded partners, you’ll be making funding recommendations, administering grants, visiting projects and providing feedback and support. 

We’d love to hear from people who’ve been involved with organisations like the ones we fund or who’ve worked in the music industries. As an all-rounder, you’ll be equally comfortable talking to people as you are dealing with processes and spreadsheets. You’ll be passionate about listening to and understanding young people’s views and advocating for change.




  • Relationship management for a diverse portfolio of grants within allocated areas or specialisms.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of the music landscape and issues affecting your allocated areas.
  • Providing telephone and email advice to potential applicants
  • Undertaking visits to funded projects and attending events
  • Supporting the running and facilitation of events
  • Assessing grant applications
  • Making recommendations to the assessment panel
  • Efficient and effective turnaround of grants administration, primarily through our grants databases (Salesforce and CC Grant Tracker)
  • Providing advice and feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants
  • Contributing to the improvement of Youth Music’s funding processes and procedures in line with the flexible funding principles we’re committed to
  • Updating guidance and other materials, including online forms
  • Providing support to others in the wider Youth Music team


Evaluation and learning

  • Building specialist knowledge about areas of Youth Music’s work and producing relevant outputs to help us and others to learn and develop
  • Contributing to the design of funding programmes
  • Producing resources and content for the Youth Music Network (our online community for people working in inclusive music education)
  • Working with collagues on the effective dissemination of knowledge and learning



  • Carrying out all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role
  • This post will require travel across the UK, occasionally involving overnight stays
  • This job description is not necessarily an exhaustive list of duties but is intended to reflect a range of duties the post-holder will perform


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Experience of working or volunteering in music education, music industry, grants management, youth work or advocacy, education or not-for-profit settings
  • Familiarity with the funding process
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different types of people
  • A clear and persuasive verbal communicator with the ability to write in plain English
  • Ability to build and manage relationships
  • Organisational and administrative skills, able to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Confident in decision-making and can work autonomously
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical skills (you’ll be required to read and respond to applications and reports)
  • Proficient IT skills, including Microsoft Office. Comfortable using databases and other software
  • Passion for music and understanding of the social issues facing children and young people today
  • Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, with good awareness of accessibility and understanding of inclusive best practice


  • Understanding of the principles of safeguarding, and youth voice and participation
  • Understanding of organisational best practice (financial health, governance, equality and diversity)
  • Experience of project management, including financial planning and management
  • Understanding of the music education and / or music industries landscape


We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Fields of study

  • Music

Years of experience

  • Mid-Level

Salary range

  • £31,000 to £40,000 per year

Required languages

  • English

Required skills

  • MS Excel
  • MS Office
  • MS Outlook