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Director for the Centre for Music Performance (Part Time, Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Academic Division

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £55,751 to £59,135 Pro Rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th April 2021
Closes: 16th May 2021
Job Ref: AK26043

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2024 in the first instance.

The University seeks to appoint to the newly created role of Director of the Centre for Music Performance. The Director will lead and realise an ambitious plan to expand the visibility, scale, ambition and reach of music performance at Cambridge.
The new Centre of Music Performance (CMP) builds on a thriving tradition of music making in the University, and will develop this to advance the University's wider educational goals, including excellence, outreach, inclusivity, wellbeing and interdisciplinarity. The aim is to create one of the very best centres of musical performance internationally, while strengthening local, regional and national ties.

We offer an exciting opportunity for an exceptional candidate to lead this work and take music at Cambridge to the next level. This demanding role will require a creative and strategic thinker with exceptional powers of communication, persuasion and vision.

The Director will ensure that the CMP provides opportunities, directly and through its work with a variety of groups and societies, for the University's 18,000+ students and 4000+ postdoctoral members to engage in music performance, in all genres, at every level of accomplishment. This will entail:

  • setting and driving forward an overall strategy and vision for music performance
  • engaging with student performers at all levels to understand their needs and ambitions, promoting inspirational activities to broaden experience and introduce new possibilities
  • ensuring diversity and excellence of the musical programme
  • placing Cambridge at the heart of a network of music performance activities and capturing all the synergies that implies

The Director will take a leading role in developing the public profile of music performance at Cambridge, and will drive fundraising and development opportunities, with University support.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to cultivate opportunity and to build effective relationships with students, practitioners, academic and professional staff across the collegiate University.  With a keen awareness of the arts environment in the UK and abroad, you will be confident in connecting with local, national and regional organisations and will have a personal and professional profile consistent with the demands of the role.

During Phase 1 of the CMP (2021-24), the post is offered part-time at 0.8 fte in the first instance (working pattern by arrangement). Subject to successful review of the CMP, there is potential for the post to become open-ended.

Closing Date:    16 May 2021

Interview date: Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 31 May 2021

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Laura Murzinaite (

Informal queries about this position may be directed to Professor Margaret Faultless at the Faculty of Music (

Please quote reference AK26043 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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