Principal Music Leader Opportunity


We are seeking an experienced Music Leader, who is passionate about encouraging the musicality and music-making of children, to lead on our Youth Music funded Kámoši Music-Making programme starting in September 2017-July 2018.

This new, exciting post will deliver a comprehensive music offer for Eastern European Romani heritage and other local children living in Leigh (Wigan Borough). The project aims to build on and develop the children’s music skills, natural talent and enthusiasm.

The leader will have responsibility for planning and leading (largely) term-time based, group music-making activities for 35 Saturday-morning sessions, and at least 5+ public performances over the course of the year.

We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic Music Leader with a talent/flair for working with and inspiring the musicality of children aged 5-12 years. You will need to be musically versatile and have the following essential skills and experiences:

  • Music-Proficiency in at least two of the following: Piano/keyboard, voice, percussion, string, brass or wind instrument.
  • Proficiency in composition and/or music arrangement.
  • Ability to facilitate music-making across a wide genre of music making styles; including the following key influences: Eastern-European Folk, Balkan, Gypsy-Jazz, would be desirable, as well as Urban and popular genres.
  • Ability to facilitate high-quality music education sessions within an informal community context.
  • Proven successful experience of running sustained music-projects, workshops and activities with children.
  • Co-ordinating the contributions of guest Music Artists employed on the project, as part of the sessional work.
  • Ability to work as part of a mixed media arts team.
  • Ability to plan schemes of work with a clear sense of progression.

This post will be subject to DBS Clearance procedures.

Music Leader Freelance Fee: £5,280

If you are interested in applying  please complete:

  • Application form
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
  • Where relevant, web links to examples of your previous work (unfortunately we are not able to return CDs or other hard copies of work submitted to us)

Please email the above to : or through the post to:
Community Arts North West
1st Floor
Green Fish Resource Centre
46-50 Oldham Street
M4 1LE

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 7th August 2017

Interviews will be held on Thursday 17th August 2017 and

You will be informed of the outcome to your interview by Friday 18th August 2017

We positively welcome applications from disabled people and all sectors of the community.

CAN is an equal opportunities employer. Charity registration no. 277135

Please download the following forms:

Principal Music Leader Job Description and Person Spec 2017

Principle Music Leader Application Form 2017

Equal_Opps_Monitoring_Form 2017

Kámoši Project Overview


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CAN Kamosi Juniors (21 of 125)Kámoši Juniors have been feverishly working away on an adaptation of A Wizard of Oz called THE WIZARD OF LEIGH, which they will perform on Saturday 1st April 2017 at Turnpike Centre Civic Square, Leigh Lancashire WN7 1EB as part of International Roma Day. The children have all made contributions by taking on leadership roles as assistant choreographers, directors and scriptwriters to create this production. They have used music, dance, scriptwriting and singing to bring this story to life.



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In 2015/16   16 children completed their Arts Awards, with 14 completing their Explorer certificate and 2 their Discover certificates.

This year, 17 children are aiming to complete their Explorer or Discover Arts Award.

The project will continue until July 2018 with support from Children In Need. We are also submitting another application for the second year of the Leigh Romani-children’s music-making programme- please watch this space.

Background Information


TANDEM International Programme – Vrolijheid CAN Co-Create

CAN have produced a new creative-digital programme in 2016/17 with national/international reach via the TANDEM programme (initiative of the European Cultural Foundation and MitOst e.V.), an exchange programme that assists cultural organisations in developing long-term working relationships, knowledge development and networking opportunities with project partners from Europe and beyond.

The aim of TANDEM is to connect and inspire cultural managers by supporting sharing of knowledge and experience across geographical and cultural borders. Supported through this initiative, CAN’s partnership with Netherlands based Stichting de Vrolijkheid (Amsterdam) explores co-creation within the arts in an inter-cultural setting with people with a refugee or migrant background. The result of the inquiry will be a short film that will be used as new training material within both organisations and to inspire other European organisations to work in similar ways. The film will focus on two Netherlands-based arts initiatives and two Manchester-based arts initiatives, Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) and CAN Young Artists @HOME. The final film will be showcased at the Welcome to the Village Festival in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands in July 2017 and at a Manchester arts-venue later in the year.

The exchange programme between the two organisations kicked off in August 2016 when CAN’s Digital Arts Creative Producer visited Vrolijkeid in Amsterdam to find out more about the organisation and how it is run. The visit included several trips to refugee and asylum centres in the Netherlands to see the creative workshops Vrolijkeid run there and to meet some of the artists delivering the work. A reciprocal visit took place in October, when Tom Saal, business manager from Vrolijkeid, visited CAN during Journeys Festival and met staff and artists involved in delivering the Exodus programme. Filming of the short film will begin in February 2017.

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