JOB TITLE: Local Project Producer – Furthering Talent Programme
WORK STATUS: Independent Contractor, Service Provider
LOCATION: Resonate base, with working from home
With need for regular visits and meetings across the City and beyond.
CONTRACT TYPE: Freelance – 1 year (with possibility of extending to 2 years subject to funding and performance). Start date – January 2021
SALARY £168 – 196 p/day (7 hours p/day), dependent on experience
1 day p/week X 35 weeks p/year
REPORTS TO: Head of Service and AYM Furthering Talent Programme Manager
Last year we worked with over 17,000 young people from across Liverpool teaching them to play a musical instrument and sing together; we supported 93% of Liverpool’s schools and delivered 83% of all Liverpool’s Arts Awards. We do this because we believe that music is an important aspect of a young person’s education and a defining characteristic of our city.
In 2012 Resonate, Liverpool’s Music Hub was established as the lead strategic body for music education in the City, led by Notre Dame Catholic College in partnership with Liverpool’s family of schools, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Live Music Now and Liverpool City Council. Resonate will continue to ensure that the resources, funding and responsibility we hold are targeted where it is needed most, where it can have the greatest impact, and where it will enrich the lives of Liverpool’s young people. Resonate, Liverpool’s Music Hub is a hugely successful partnership led by Notre Dame Catholic College in Liverpool whose aim is to support Liverpool’s young people in accessing outstanding music opportunities both in and out of school.
Further details of the work we do can be found on our website resonatehub.co.uk
Resonate is funded by Arts Council England to deliver the Core and Extension roles of the National Plan for Music Education.
We are looking for a talented and experienced Local Project Producer to manage key aspects of the Furthering Talent programme, an Awards for Young Musicians funded inclusion project which will develop relationships with young people, parents/carers, instrumental tutors, professional musicians, other musical/arts organisations and schools.
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OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES
The Local Project Producer will be central to developing the Furthering Talent programme and supporting a group of students from special schools in Liverpool to fulfil their musical potential. They will manage key aspects of Furthering Talent programme, developing relationships with young people, parents/carers, instrumental tutors, professional musicians, other musical/arts organisations and schools.
Furthering Talent: Programme summary
Furthering Talent aims to effect significant change in how the musical potential of young people from low income families is identified and supported. This change agenda is summarised in the following outcomes.
1. Improved quality of music delivery for children and young people.
2. Increased musically inclusive practice in Music Education Hubs.
3. Improved musical progression achieved by children and young people in challenging circumstances.
4. An increase in the young musicians’ confidence and agency.
5. More parents and carers are involved in supporting their children’s musical lives.
Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) will work with Resonate to train instrumental and class teachers in how to spot musical potential through our CPD programme, Identifying Talent. Once equipped with the knowledge of what the key facets of musical potential look like they identify and nominate children for involvement in the programme.
See Appendix 2 for the range of support provided to young people through the programme.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
– Working with schools and already established networks in Liverpool to manage the Furthering Talent programme in Liverpool
– Working with families and music tutors to provide individual support for young people’s musical journeys
– Communicating and liaising with families, schools, partners and Awards for Young Musicians
– Organising and managing termly engagement events, teachers’ forums and training workshops
– Evaluating and reporting on programme progress in line with AYM expectations
See Appendix 1 for a full scope of role.
Experience and knowledge
• Experience of working in culturally diverse communities.
• Experience of building relationships with parents/carers and children and young people.
• Extensive knowledge of the multiple challenges facing children and families living in Liverpool.
• Experience of working with creative practitioners, young people, families, schools and music/arts organisations.
Skills and personal characteristics
• Strong organisational skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills: an ability to relate confidently and sensitively to a wide range of people.
• Research skills: an ability to research new and inspiring opportunities for young people.
• Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
• An ability to be proactive and manage your own workload and balance priorities.
• A passion for inclusive and equitable practice in the arts, and a belief in the benefits music can bring to disadvantaged communities and children.
Appendix 1 – Full Responsibilities and Duties
Individual support for young people’s musical journeys:
• Arranging teaching for new Furthering Talent students when they join the programme, including agreeing teachers’ schedules, location of teaching and timing.
• Facilitating Induction meetings with new students, their instrumental tutor and their parent/carer to discuss objectives, sign the programme agreement and tailor activity to meet the child/family’s needs.
• Managing the termly Individual Learning Plan (ILP) process for each Furthering Talent student: this will involve ensuring instrumental teachers take time to work with each student to set progression goals for that term, based on the Musical Progressions Strategy.
• Acting upon each student’s ILP progression goals to ensure a tailored approach for each pupil, organising additional musical experiences for each individual e.g. the purchase of required resources or transport to an ensemble.
• Facilitating individual progression routes for example membership of a Hub ensemble/ group and overcoming any barriers presented (e.g. travel costs, parental support etc.)
Communicating and liaising:
• Communicating nomination procedures to music teachers, managing nomination process and selection of pupils for the programme.
• Providing an easy point of contact for parents via text/email/phone to assist parents in providing musical support to their children.
• Liaising regularly with schools.
• Communicating regularly with AYM’s Programme Manager (every two weeks on average) to update the organisation on Furthering Talent’s progress, highlighting particular successes and raising any issues that need addressing as soon as they arise so as to increase the programme’s effectiveness.
Event organising and management:
• Organising termly Get Together events for Furthering Talent students (three times per academic year) based on the progression needs of the programme cohort: this will involve working with Resonate to identify musical opportunities through Hub and other partners, securing the venue (ideally donated), arranging refreshments, inviting children and their parents/carers etc.
• To organise termly Teachers’ Forums to which instrumental teachers are invited and paid for their time in attending.
• Organising taster sessions for new children joining the programme, to help them experience different musical instruments/genres and therefore make informed musical choices.
• Assisting AYM’s Programme Manager in organising Identifying Talent training (two sessions per year) aimed at both classroom and instrumental teachers in the Hub.
• Assisting AYM’s Programme Manager in organising the forthcoming Identifying Talent Train the Trainers programme, particularly in the recruitment of teachers to participate.
Evaluating and reporting:
• Liaising with Furthering Talent’s external evaluator, to help her tell the story of the programme and assisting her in communicating with young people, parents/carers, teachers and Hub partners.
• Gathering regular feedback from parents/carers, pupils, schools and teachers to further improve the programme.
• Keeping accurate records of pupils on the programme.
• With the support of Resonate leadership team to write regular project reports including provide statistical reporting for AYM’s funders
Appendix 2 – Furthering Talent Support Package
Each young person on the programme benefits from:
Instrumental tuition: each nominated child has 30 minutes tuition per week in any musical genre across two academic years. Students will have individual tuition for two years funded by Youth Music’s grant. After this time their tuition is supported locally by Resonate and our partners.
Personalised support over the same period for each child’s musical progression needs: throughout the programme each child works with their instrumental teacher to agree an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). Together they set a series of goals for their musical progression, these goals are shared with the Resonate Programme Producer who then works with local partners to further support each child’s musical progression. Each child has a small personal budget to help them progress their musical goals (e.g. tickets to a concert, funding for new music etc.).
Other key elements of the programme include:
Support and mentoring: many participants are musically isolated, with limited musical opportunities. AYM will enable the Furthering Talent cohort of students to access the resources and opportunities provided by local (or national) orchestras and/or other musical organisations (e.g. RLP, Sound City, LMN)
Get Togethers: we also hold at least one Get Together event per term (three per year), together with a partner organisation. Parents/carers and other family members are invited, and help is always provided with transport costs so that this isn’t a barrier. Examples include iPad composition days, workshops such as our TechNotes digital learning programme, as well as working in a recording studio to play, mix and record their own compositions.
Local co-ordination: communicating effectively with young people and their families to ensure that their musical needs are fully met can be difficult, particularly when many participants are living in challenging family circumstances. The Programme Producer will coordinate communications on a local level between all stakeholders.
Communities of support: the Get Togethers outlined above are designed to help both the young people and their parents/carers feel part of a network: young people with their peers and parents/carers with theirs. AYM have also introduced termly Teachers’ Forums, to which all instrumental teachers are invited.
How to Apply
Complete an Independent Freelance Service Provider Enrolment Form and a cover letter detailing your experience to date and your vision for this new role and send these along with a completed Equal Oportunities Form to: email@example.com
Please note there may be some occasions where we have to close a vacancy early once sufficient applicants have been received. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment