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Contributing Writers (freelance)

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We’re looking for budding music journalists to write about music, culture and the industry for our website.

Youth Music aims to support young people in the early stages of developing creative careers, therefore we would particularly like to encourage applications from those aged 18-25. You don't need to have taken part in a Youth Music project to get involved.

About Youth Music

Youth Music is the UK’s largest young people’s music charity. Equality, diversity and inclusion drive our vision and mission. We want to equalise access to music: we focus on people who miss out because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.

We work with babies through to young adults, harnessing the power of music to support musical, personal, and social development. As a funder, we invest in more than 300 projects each year, reaching around 80,000 young people and over 4,000 people in the workforce.

We campaign alongside young people to drive change in the music industries and education, making it more inclusive, diverse and creative.

For further information visit and for information about our grants programme please visit:

About the role

We’re looking for budding journalists to write at least 1 article a month for our website, on topics including:

  • Spotlighting emerging artists and local music scenes where Youth Music funds projects for young people
  • Demystifying the music industries through interviews with industry professionals
  • Social justice issues impacting the music sector

You will be given briefs by the Digital Content Editor, but you will also have the opportunity to pitch your own article ideas.

About you

You’ll be an avid music fan who stays up to date on the latest music news and trends. You can spot a story and find a unique angle to tell it. You’ll be a highly skilled writer who is confident speaking with a range of people. You don’t need to be an expert on issues facing the music industries, but you’ll be willing to research and learn.

Please note this role is only open to UK residents aged 18 or over.

How to apply

Complete our online application form, and an anonymous equal opportunities online form using the buttons below. (Please note you cannot save the application form so you may want to write your answers in a word document beforehand).

Application deadline: 10am Friday 12 March 2021

Summary of Terms and Conditions

Contract details: Freelance position, remote

Fee: We pay a flat fee of £90 per article.

Time commitment: Writers will be commissioned to produce a minimum of four articles during their four-month appointment.

Application deadline: 10am Friday 12 March 2021

Start date: 3 May 2021– 31 August 2021


If you wish to have an informal chat about the role, please contact Kalisha Patel at to schedule a phone call.


If you require any reasonable adjustment to be made to the application or interview procedures for this post, please contact or telephone 020 7902 1060 to have a chat. We will be happy to extend the application deadline accordingly if it takes time to accommodate your request.

Diversity and equitability

We are especially welcoming of under-represented groups and are committed to making adjustments that would support you in applying for or carrying out the role.

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