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Employment Opportunities at Music for Canberra

Music for Canberra is a not-for-profit Key Arts Organisation supported by ArtsACT and the Snow Foundation. Our small yet professional administrative team are committed to supporting our music teaching staff and over 600 students and members.

Music for Canberra provides excellence and accessibility in music to a broad range of clients including young children from 18 months, those living with disability, young children and youth, through to adults and active seniors. Our program of musical groups, lessons & workshops include “standard of excellence” ensembles, the Canberra Youth Orchestra and the Canberra Children’s Choir.

Music for Canberra believes in the importance of music in enriching the lives of all Canberrans, in improving feelings of social inclusion, self-confidence, meeting like-minded new friends, and broadening cognitive capacity through learning new skills – as well as giving back to the community via workshops and public performance.

Artistic Convenor - Job advertisement

Organisational context

Music for Canberra (MfC) is an ACT Government Key Arts organisation and registered charity, operating a diverse range of music education and performance programs that include individual and group lessons, choirs, orchestras ensembles and mixed ability classes. MfC is a values-driven organisation; our values and passion, community and growth. 

Our mission statement 

With a commitment to music education and live performance, Music for Canberra provides access to high quality, inspiring, innovative and diverse musical experiences for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, particularly in the ACT and surrounding regions.

The artistic convenor role

MfC is looking to appoint an artistic convenor who will be responsible for providing artistic leadership and developing music programmes at MfC across the following four fields: 

  • Classical music development and performance

  • Community music development and performance

  • Non-classical genres development and performance

  • Mixed abilities program development, delivery and performance

We recognise that it would be unusual for one person to be able to demonstrate a range of experience that covers the full breadth required of the position and professional musicians often have performance and/or other obligations that impact their availability.  With that in mind, MfC encourages applications from those with experience in only one or two of our work areas and/or who are seeking part-time hours, with a view to possibly selecting two people from this process to cover the duties of the role. 

The successful applicant or applicants will be responsible for developing musical opportunities in all areas of the organisation, but in doing so will be expected to take a very ‘hands-on’ approach.  The successful applicant or applicants will be required to promote the artistic strategy, cultivate existing staff and resources and recruit additional staff and resources as necessary to fulfil the artistic strategy.

The person(s) who perform the artistic convenor role(s) will be employed (altogether) for approximately one full-time equivalent position.  Ideally, the successful applicant(s) will have some flexibility in their hours of work, especially as some out of hours work is expected of the position(s).  The salary is $70,000 (pro-rata for part-time hours).

It is preferred that the successful applicant(s) commence by November 2020 at the latest to enable them to be involved in planning the 2021 programme.

The position(s) will report to the General Manager, but will also attend some Board meetings to directly report on artistic direction.

Application requirements

Applicants are asked to provide the following:

  1. a copy of their current CV
  2. a statement of no more than two pages outlining their experience across MfC’s four areas of work, being
    • Classical music development and performance

    • Community music development and performance

    • Non-classical genres development and performance

    • Mixed abilities program development, delivery and performance

  1. an indication of your availability including
    • possible start date
    • number of hours per week that you want to work
    • any days or times during the week that you would not be able to work
    • ability to work Saturdays and outside of business hours.

Please note that it is possibly more than one person will be hired through this process, offers may be for different hours of work to those put forward by applicants.

Applications for this position will close at 5 pm on Friday 28 August 2020, we are only accepting applications via seek, and you can apply via the below button. Please note only short-list candidates will be contacted.


For further information about MfC, the artistic leadership role or the recruitment process, please contact Lindy Reksten (lindy@musicforcanberra.org.au).  A full position description is also available.  If more than one person is selected, individual position descriptions will be created so that responsibilities can be allocated.

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