Creative Opps will be offering two exciting internships, which will help to drive the Sound Without Sight initiative across the music industry. You will work remotely with their Project Manager, interacting with the industry across many touch-points, and also supporting blind and partially sighted musicians directly to create, perform, and release their music, and develop as artists.
The internships are offered on a freelance basis for a duration of 8 months, with the programme offering a monthly stipend of £624 to cover 13 hours work on the project per week (£11.09 hourly rate).
Your working pattern can be flexible to allow you to explore other work, study, or commitments. This is a remote working opportunity, and a laptop can be supplied if required. Travel expenses are available for events. Though not essential, we believe that this opportunity would be particularly exciting to candidates who have lived experience of blindness or partial sight, or a connection to the community of blind and partially sighted musicians.
The programme will also support you with £500 and a network of contacts to develop a personal project related to your work at Sound Without Sight. For example, this could be to support a blind or partially sighted artist's first release, or development of your own musical project.
As per the requirements of the Youth Music grant that funds these opportunities, applicants must be aged 18 to 25.
- Demonstrable interest in the areas of work of the project.
- Demonstrable interest in music.
- Interest in creating content, such as articles, podcasts and/or videos.
- Ability to manage time and priorities independently and efficiently.
- Ability to communicate confidently by email and in virtual meetings.
- Interest in attending and speaking at conferences and other events, as an advocate for accessible music.
- Interest in accessible music technology.
- Awareness of accessible formats and assistive technology.
- Lived experience of blindness or partial sight, or of working with a blind or partially sighted person.
There will be some degree of flexibility in the roles, allowing duties to be tailored based on your individual experience and desired career path. Duties could include (but are not limited to):
- Creating and managing content for the Sound Without Sight platform.
- Interviewing musicians, attending and reviewing their concerts, visiting inclusive studios and venues.
- Developing a supportive community of blind and partially sighted musicians.
- Attending industry events and building relationships to raise the profile of blind and partially sighted music-makers.
- Monitoring community posts and comments, to influence content commissioned by the project.
- Social media marketing, with a view to helping develop inclusive self-marketing practices for musicians.
- Working with talent streams such as BBC Introducing and Bristol Beacon's development programmes, to ensure that their services are accessible to blind and partially sighted musicians.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted via the online application form on Creative Opps website, by 11.59pm on Thursday 14 September 2023. You should demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification above. Responses can alternatively take the form of an audio or video presentation hosted on a private link. Please include a link in the application form.
Successful applicants will be invited to a short and informal remote interview with staff from Sound Without Sight and Creative Opps to be scheduled for 27 September 2023, with a view to the internships beginning in October, though there is some flexibility in the start date to allow time for Access to Work arrangements to be put in place if required.