Head of Music and Arts Service (280312)
Soulbury Pay Grade
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Department of Children’s Services

Music and Arts Service


Head of Music and Arts Service

Soulbury 15-18 + 3SPA

37 hours per week


Based at Bradford Music and Arts Service Centre, 21 Market Street, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3QD


The Code of Practice on the English language requirement for public sector workers, Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 requires that Councils ensure that all candidates applying for customer facing posts must be assessed in order to establish their fluency in English.


The criteria under special knowledge and experience on the job profile which is shown in this advert outlines what level of fluency you will be expected to demonstrate.  Therefore, it is essential that you provide examples in your application.


Due to the retirement of the current post holder, Bradford MDC is looking to appoint a senior leader with relevant Music Service experience to continue the development of our very successful and highly valued Music and Arts Service. 

Bradford Music and Arts Service is a traded service working across the Bradford district; the service is financially self-sufficient through the  Arts Council Hub grant and generated traded income.  We work with the all schools in Bradford.  We also run Music Centres throughout the week and on Saturday mornings. The centres run a number of groups/ensembles that support pupils’ progressive pathways.   The Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Orchestra do regular tours both abroad and in the UK.  We have close links with the BBC, with Children in Need and with a range of community projects.   We run a highly successful Schools Prom over three days and an annual Music Education conference. 

Additionally the Head of Music & Arts Service line manages arts delivery in schools. This is a fully traded service with working with schools to provide CPD, Curriculum support and full and half day arts workshops as well as running a number of additional projects such as out of school clubs and  holiday clubs.  The service works within and beyond Bradford District.

The successful applicant will be responsible for a team of senior leaders, teaching and business support staff.  The Head of Service regularly meets with neighbouring Music Hubs and all regional and national meetings arranged by Music Mark of which the Service is a member. 

The Music and Arts Service sits within the School Standards and Performance Service in Education and Learning Service Group of Children’s Services.  The Service is lead partner for the Bradford Music Education Hub (BMEH) and sits on the Bradford Music Education Hub Steering group chaired by the portfolio holder for Healthy People and Places.

For further information regarding this post please contact Sue Lowndes on 01274 432623 or email sue.lowndes@bradford.gov.uk

An enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service will be undertaken for this post.


Closing Date: 14 February 2020

Please find attached the Job Profile:  Head of Music and Arts Services (280312).docx