Opportunity: Youth and Communities Engagement Intern

sound is offering a paid year-long part-time internship for a young graduate musician interested in developing their skills in managing and running learning and participation events and workshops, and gaining experience working in the arts.

sound is a new music incubator based in North-East Scotland, encouraging new music creation and discovery. We run the annual soundfestival, as well as year-round activity supporting a wide range of composers, engaging with local communities and providing educational opportunities.

The chosen candidate will work closely with, and be supported by, all members of the sound team and play a critical role in delivery of our communities and participation programme. As it is a hands-on job, we are looking for someone living in and already familiar with North East Scotland.

Please note that we are committed to equal opportunities & developing diversity in our organisation. In particular we would welcome applications from D/deaf, disabled, gender reassigned, minority ethnic and LGBTIQA+ candidates.

We aim to have the Youth and Communities Engagement Intern in place by early April 2024.

Job Description

Job Title: Youth and Communities Engagement Intern

The Youth and Communities Engagement intern will work with the Director, Coordinator, and Audience/Participant Development and Marketing Manager and will ensure that all community and youth participation activities run smoothly and successfully with the support and collaboration of the Director and Coordinator. These will include our Get Creative programme for primary and secondary aged children/young people (including a 3-day composition course, schools workshops) and collaborations with community music groups Any Enemy and Con Anima.

Main Responsibilities

  • Plan and manage education activities, performances, workshops and other associated activity to deliver the communities and participation programme with the support of the Coordinator. 
  • Recruit creative arts practitioners to deliver projects, and monitor and evaluate their activities to ensure they are successfully delivering the project. 
  • Contact and coordinate with schools to deliver activity. 
  • Attend meetings relevant to participative music making locally. 
  • Take part in leading workshops where appropriate.
  • Liaise with the Audience/Participant Development and Marketing Manager to widen and increase participation and ensure relevant marketing materials are produced and distributed for communities and participation activities, that relevant social media activity takes place and that there is effective external communication with the press and public. 
  • With the support of the Coordinator, collect and analyse monitoring and evaluation data to ensure the programmes’ stability and continued development and complete all necessary reports. 
  • Manage the programme budget in collaboration with the Director and contribute to the research and applications for funding to support the programme. 
  • Collaborate in the delivery of the soundfestival.
  • Ensure that the organisation complies with best practice through supporting and promoting all organisation policy, with specific attention to the Safeguarding, EDI, Fair work and Health and Safety policies.

Person Specification


  • Interest in contemporary classical music.
  • Ability to read music and understand orchestral instruments (including transcription) and choir parts.
  • An interest in community and participation events, with some experience in a community development setting. 
  • Organisational experience, even within a pupil or student setting.
  • Good local knowledge of the NE and the NE classical music scene. 
  • Good communication skills. 
  • An ability to remain cheerful and efficient under pressure.
  • A commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion IT skills (Microsoft Excel, Word , Outlook, social media...). 
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of the team.
  • Willing to work occasional weekends and evenings.


  • A degree in music.
  • Knowledge and understanding of sound as an organisation. 
  • Some experience or understanding of budgets.
  • Workshop leading experience.

Terms and Conditions

Working days/hours: This post is a 0.5 post, i.e., 17.5 hours a week. Because of the nature of the work (some weeks are busier than others), we expect these hours to be divided over the 12-month period as needed. In order to keep track of hours worked, a time sheet will need to be kept and submitted. There may be a small amount of over-time available.

Place of work: Hybrid working with a mix of working from home and on-site.

Contract type: Temporary fixed term contract Salary £21,840 pro rata

Pension Scheme:sound will comply with employer pension duties in accordance with the Part 1 of the Pension Act 2008, as amended or replaced from time to time.

Inclusion: We use positive action under the section 159 of the Equality Act in relation to disability or race. This means that if we have two candidates of equal merit in our process, we will seek to take forward the D/deaf, disabled, Black, Asian or ethnically diverse candidate in order to further diversify our staff team.

How to Apply

Deadline for applications: 1st April 2024.

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the role and your motivation to admin@sound-scotland.co.uk with the subject title ‘Youth and Communities Engagement Intern’.

Interviews will take place on 4th April 2024.

We require all candidates to have a right to work in the UK.