Youth Music – Grants and Learning Officer (UK)

What we do

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 make sure more young people aged 0-25 can make, learn and earn in music nationwide.

Youth Music is a national charity funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and support from partners, fundraisers and donors. Find out more about our work on the Youth Music Website and read more about our funding programmes on the Youth Music Network.

“I joined Youth Music after completing an internship post university. It has been amazing. I’ve developed a lot both professionally and personally. This is due to the supportive and inclusive nature of Youth Music. I find communicating with my colleagues easy and effortless. I wanted to work for an organisation with a good vision, goal, and environment which Youth music has proven itself to be and more. My colleagues on every level, are open, kind, and ready to help in a timely manner. The atmosphere of Youth music is warm and inviting. I’m happy to be a part of such an amazing vision and goal. I look forward to my future here at Youth Music. I see a lot of development and growth.” – Temi Ayoade

Diversity and equal opportunities

Youth Music is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people from diverse backgrounds. It’s important that our team reflects the communities we serve.

We especially welcome applications from people from under-represented groups and are committed to making adjustments that would support you in applying for or carrying out the role. We are currently under-represented by Disabled people, people of faith, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people of the global majority. If you are Disabled and your application meets the minimum criteria for the post, we will offer you a guaranteed interview.

Please contact if you have any access requirements or if we can make reasonable adjustments so that the interview process is more accessible.

Call 020 7902 1060 or email

Salary and benefits

Salary: £31,200 (pro-rata equivalent for part time).
Pension: 8% of salary towards a non-contributory group pension.
Contract: Permanent, Full time (37.5 hours per week) or three days per week (22.5 hours per week).
Location: SE1, London. We operate a blended working approach of at least two days per week in the office (including each Wednesday).
Holidays: 25 days plus public holidays (pro-rated for part time) and additional days over the Christmas period when the office closes.
Additional benefits: These include death in service insurance, critical illness insurance, income protection insurance for illness, learning and development opportunities, a staff values committee, season ticket and cycle purchase loans.

About the role

As an integral part of an expanding team, you’ll play a key role in enabling music opportunities to transform children and young people’s lives.

As a Grants and Learning Officer, you’ll be helping us to deliver our ambitious, nationwide grants programme. We currently support over 500 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. You’ll manage an assigned portfolio of grants, and liaise with a wide range of other stakeholders relevant to your areas of work..

You’ll also help us in our influencing role, catalysing change in sector practices around equality, diversity and inclusion and closing the gap between young people learning and earning in music.

About you

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. Youth Music’s grants programme supports children and young people who face barriers because of who they are, where they live or what they’re going through. We’re keen to receive applications from people with lived experience of these issues.

You’ll know how the funding system works through being a grant applicant or recipient. If you’re experienced as a Project Manager, Music Leader, Freelancer or a Company Director then we’d love to hear from you.

As a clear communicator you’ll be equally comfortable talking to young people as you are providing people with funding advice, guidance and support. You have an eye for detail and as a skilled administrator, you’re not fazed by monitoring, reporting, spreadsheets and databases.

You’ll be passionate about listening to and understanding young people’s views and advocating for change. You’ll be excited by the opportunity to build up your knowledge of how organisations are run, and to network like-minded people and organisations.

You’re a collaborative worker who enjoys being part of a friendly team, as well as travelling on your own to build new relationships with a diverse range of people. As a grants manager you’ll have an instinct for what’s important – when to give advice, and when to step back.

You will have a broad understanding of some of these key areas; children and young people and their engagement with music, equality diversity and inclusion, safeguarding, and the music industry.

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