Freelance Project Manager

World of Song is a two-year programme of music and heritage activities delivered by iconic music venue Band on the Wall, engaging people who are at different stages of the migration experience, including asylum seekers, refugees, and new migrants.

Our major partner for this project is Manchester-based arts organisation Community Arts Northwest (CAN). CAN has led the field in community arts since 1978 and are at the cutting edge of intercultural arts practice. They have built deep, lasting connections with communities and artists across Greater Manchester, through the development of unique, creative projects with people whose voices are not normally heard in the mainstream. CAN have particular expertise in arts and migration.

We are seeking an experienced freelancer for the role of Project Manager who will assist with the co-ordination of each strand of the programme, working directly with the partners to ensure smooth delivery of activities. They will work in collaboration with Band on the Wall and Anna Cullum Associates to action evaluation of these activities.

Job Overview

  • Job Title: Freelance Project Manager
  • £126 per day freelance rate
  • Hours: Part time 2.5 days a week / 18 month contract to commence August/September 2024
  • Closing date: Mon, 08 Jul 2024

Job Requirements


  • We are looking for a dynamic freelancer who has experience of managing arts projects, and an aptitude for clear communication, strategic planning, and partnership working.
  • Experience of working within a music and heritage context is desirable.
  • Experience of working with new migrants, refugees, and asylum groups is advantageous, however it should be noted that specialism in this area is supplied by Community Arts Northwest.

Required Skills

  • Managing a wide range of people to deliver high quality heritage learning and engagement
  • Written communication skills, including digital databases, booking systems and the full Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Organisational and administrative skills including writing reports, record keeping and analysing/collating information
  • Experience of working with and for young people on creative learning programmes
  • Advocacy, PR and audience development
  • Project evaluation
  • Demonstrable understanding of and passion for music

Job Responsibilities

The Project Manager will take lead on two main projects within this programme (detailed information of each project is included in the job pack alongside the collaborative production of:

Horizons Showcase

  • Acts as a main contact between CAN and HOME to coordinate this showcase alongside the rest of Horizons Festival.
  • Working with HOME and Horizon’s marketing teams to promote the showcase.
  • Help assist with wider programming of artists, where applicable.
  • Lead on outreach and audience development from new communities.

Early Years Programme

  • Support Band on the Wall to set up an Early Years provision in emergency accommodation (or suitable alternative)
  • Support Band on the Wall to recruit a suitable Assistant Music Leader

Professional Development Programme

  • Lead on recruitment of musicians and bands for the Professional Development Programme for Heritage Artists, considering appropriate formats and audition processes.

To apply for this freelance contract, please contact with your CV and covering letter.

Download the full job outline here.