Looking for Jobs
Working in the arts
Arts Council England's Arts Jobs listing is a very good starting point when looking for jobs in the arts and culture sector.
Guardian Jobs is also useful when searching for the latest jobs in the arts, as well as in other sectors.
Other websites that carry arts jobs listings include:
Working in dance
- Article19 - includes a section with audition details
- One Dance UK - includes auditions and jobs
- DancingOpportunities - information about dance festivals, workshops, residencies, auditions, and internships
- au-di-tions.com - details of professional dance auditions and workshops
- The Place - JUICE is an online resource for dance professionals, which includes jobs and audition information
- Dance Europe - lists audition notices and dance job vacancies
- The Stage - includes auditions (commercial dance and musical theatre), teaching and education posts, overseas and cruise ships
- Equity - Equity members can access details of job vacancies
- People Dancing: The Foundation for Community Dance - jobs in the community dance sector
- Activate - the website for this theatre and dance development agency for Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole includes a jobs page with vacancies submitted by members of Activate
Working in music
- RhinegoldJobs.co.uk - vacancies in various areas of the music profession
- Musical Chairs - vacancies available worldwide in various areas of the music profession including performance
- AuditionCafe.org - classical music audition listings
- music-job.com - vacancies in the cultural sector and the world's largest jobs board for orchestra musicians
- Jobs in German Theatres
- The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) - opportunities available with orchestras that are members of the ABO
- Music Mark, The UK Association for Music Education - teaching jobs with music services
- Youth Music Network - job opportunities with a range of music organisations, including some music teaching vacancies
- Music Publishers Association (MPA) - job vacancies with music publishers
- Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) - for musical director/choir director and accompanist vacancies
- The Royal School of Church Music - for director of music/organist vacancies
- The Church Times - for organist and choral positions
- British Choirs on the Net - vacancies for conductors, musical directors, accompanists, pianists, and organists
- Gerontius - for choral music vacancies (conductor / musical director / accompanist vacancies)
Working in education
jobs.ac.uk is a jobs board for careers in academic, research, science and related professions.
THEunijobs (Times Higher Education) is a leading source of international university and academic jobs.
You can use the AEC Job Vacancy Platform to search for vacancies in the European higher music education sector that are advertised by AEC institutions. The Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) is a European cultural and educational network that represents the interests of institutions that are concerned with training for the music profession.
Find information about working as a dance or music teacher via the following links:
Jobs in the public and voluntary sectors
Some organisations and companies offer internships that enable students or graduates to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field. An internship is essentially a period of work experience, usually lasting for a fixed, limited period of time and can be offered on a paid or unpaid basis. You can find further information about internships on the Prospects website, including information to help you determine your right to pay.
Arts Council England's Arts Jobs listing is a good place to look for internships in the arts and culture sector. For internships within orchestral management, you will find a listing in the Jobs section of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) website. You can search for internships with graduate employers on the TARGETjobs website. Paid internships are listed on Graduate Talent Pool - a government website designed to help new and recent graduates gain real work experience.
Trinity Laban offers paid internships to graduates. These internships provide a training opportunity for those interested in a career in either the arts or in education. They are offered on either a full time or part time basis for a fixed-term period (usually 11 months) and are paid as per National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. Most internships start in September each year and are advertised on the vacancies page of the Trinity Laban website.
Graduate jobs, schemes and internships
If you are looking more generally for jobs and internships with graduate employers, it is worth being aware that many graduate careers do not require specific degree subjects; in fact approximately 40% of all graduate vacancies are open to graduates of ANY discipline.
To look for jobs and internships with graduate employers, you can try the following approaches:
- Search online for graduate schemes, vacancies and internships using prospects.ac.uk and targetjobs.co.uk
- Newspapers are a traditional source of vacancies and most have online vacancy sites as well as recruitment pages; for example, the Guardian Jobs website: jobs.theguardian.com
- Careers fairs and recruitment events offer you the opportunity to meet potential graduate employers face to face
- Social media can be used to look for vacancies, particularly searchable sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter
- Recruitment agencies are used by organisations to find people for both permanent and temporary jobs and they can be useful in your job search. You can search for suitable agencies by using agencycentral.co.uk or rec.uk.com (the website of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation).
Looking for work outside the UK
If you are thinking of working in another country you can find useful information on the following websites:
Job application advice
You will find advice on the job applications page of the Trinity Laban website.
As well as looking for advertised positions, you can help employers find you by creating a profile on LinkedIn and by uploading your CV onto websites – such as Guardian Jobs - that offer employers a searchable database of jobseekers.
Speculative approaches and networking with people who work in the areas that interest you may help you learn about opportunities. By pro-actively approaching prospective employers you have the opportunity to learn more about them, request work experience, ask for advice on your job search and hear about unadvertised roles.
Safety and security when looking for work
It is important that you understand how to ensure your personal safety and online security when looking for a job and going to interview.