Year of Music 2023, Freelance Artistic Programmer, Kirklees Council


Kirklees Council is looking for an experienced and imaginative freelance Artistic Programmer to help deliver the Year of Music 2023 in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. This is a three-year freelance contract to March 2024, starting as soon as possible and no later than June 2021.

The role of Artistic Programmer is to lead on the artistic programming for Year of Music 2023 and to provide a coherent narrative and story through the programme and ensure it is embedded in all communities of Kirklees.

The Year of Music 2023 will be our support to the regional cultural programme led by Leeds 2023, and supported by other neighbouring Authorities and their cultural programmes.


The Artistic Director will take the lead on pulling together all the strands of work for the Year of Music 2023 into one coherent narrative and will instigate key projects and commissions where appropriate in the programme to compliment and contribute. It is essential this is done through and with the music community of the district, with the ambition of enhancing and enabling the music ecology.

The Artistic Programmer needs to be a collaborative enabler of the communities, partners, and stakeholders who want to participate within the Year of Music 2023 and have a good working knowledge of Kirklees, it’s towns, villages, and communities.


The fee for this three-year position is: £71,895 - broken down to three yearly payments of £23,965 with instalments as agreed in the induction session and on agreement of a proposed working plan.


Please read the full project brief

Submit an expression of interest of no more than 2000 words, which clearly explains how you meet the expectations of the role, and how you will approach the initiative. Please include your CV.

Interviews will include a presentation on what you will do in the first 100 days, and what impact you expect to have made within that time frame.

Please send you expression of interest and accompanying CV to Kath Wynne-Hague, Strategic Lead for Cultural Development, Deadline for submissions: Friday 23 April, 9am

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