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Freelance Assessors

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We are building our team of freelance assessors. Assessors play a key support role in Youth Music’s grant-making. They provide an objective assessment about the funding applications we receive, which helps us make decisions.

About Youth Music

Youth Music is a national charity supporting young people’s lives in music. Equality, diversity and inclusion drive our vision and mission. We want to equalise access to music: we focus on those who would otherwise miss out because of who they are, where they live, or what they’re going through.

We work with children and young people aged 0-25, using the power of music to support musical, personal and social development. As a funder, we invest in around 300 projects each year, reaching more than 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.

Youth Music is funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery, and support from donors, partners and fundraisers.

About you

Youth Music is in the process of diversifying our staff and freelance team and a focus for 2021 is to bring more lived experience into our assessment and decision-making processes. We want to engage people who have experience planning, delivering or taking part in projects like the ones that Youth Music funds; or who have first-hand experience of working in the music industries.

You may not have done any assessing before, but that doesn’t matter if you have the right skills and attributes. Assessors need to be comfortable analysing information against set criteria and bringing together information from a range of sources to draw conclusions. The ability to write concisely and in plain English is also important.

We value all kinds of experience and want to engage people from a variety of backgrounds. We are keen to diversify our team and are currently underrepresented by Disabled and neurodivergent people, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We also have a low number of male assessors.

Download the application pack below for full details of the role and how to apply.

Summary of Terms and Conditions

Contract details: Freelance position, working from home.

Pay rate: Between £20 and £80 per assessment, depending on fund.

Time commitment: At least four assessments per funding round (there are several funding rounds each year).

How to apply

As part of the application process you are required to do the following:

  • Complete an applicant details form giving us your contact details and telling us where you found out about the position.
  • Complete the application form in the template provided (see below). Please review this application form template at an early stage. It requires applicants to answer a number of questions about their suitability for the role as well as completing a mock assessment. Information to complete the assessment task can be found on pages seven to eight of this pack.
    • It also asks about any access requirements you have. Let us know if we can make any adjustments to support you in your application. You can contact Angela Linton ( to discuss this in confidence prior to submitting your application.
  • Complete an anonymous equal opportunities form online. This form can be accessed at Equal Opportunities Form Survey

Email your applicant details form and application form to with the subject line: Freelance Assessors by Midnight Sunday 31 January 2021.