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Paid Opportunities

Figurenotes Officer Maternity Cover

Drake Music Scotland are the nation’s leading organisation providing music education opportunities to disabled musicians of all ages. A key part of the Drake Music Scotland programme is working with Figurenotes notation and its use spreads across all of our projects.

Figurenotes notation was invented in Finland and is an intuitive form of notation that uses colour and shape to show pitch and rhythm. It is perfect for all beginners, and is also particularly useful for people with dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder and many other additional support needs. Figurenotes notation progresses to standard notation through three simple stages.

Figurenotes is used and distributed Globally, and the Figurenotes Officer is responsible for all aspects of the Figurenotes project including creation of resources, marketing and promotion, organising events and training, and being the main point of contact for enquiries relating to Figurenotes.

More information on Figurenotes notation and its application can be found at

This post is a Maternity cover for 9 months with potential to extend to 12 months. Hours are 25.5 hours a week, and flexible. Salary is £18,000 pro rata.

To download the information pack including Job description and personal specification please click on the following two links:

Figurenotes Officer Maternity Cover Pack

DMS Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

To apply please send a Cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) and a CV along with your completed Equal Opportunities form to for the attention of Emma Lines, Senior Programme Manager. Closing date is Monday 26th November 2018 at 5pm. Interviews will be held week beginning 3rd December 2018.

Drake Music Scotland is an Equal Opportunities employer. We are committed to equality and inclusivity across our work and organisation.

We are specifically welcoming of Disabled applicants and will make any reasonable adjustments required for any part of the recruitment process, and to support you in your role.

All Disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria will be invited to interview. In addition, we are especially welcoming of other under-represented groups in the organisation including BME and LGBTQ people.

Voluntary Positions


Drake Music Scotland is currently seeking new Trustees to join its Board with expertise in several areas including music education and the arts in Scotland, finance and accounting, HR and marketing.

Drake Music Scotland (DMS) is seeking new members to join its Board of Trustees. The Board is made up of a cross-section of people with expertise and skills in several areas relevant to the work of the organisation. The Board benefits from the input of trustees with knowledge of the voluntary sector, disability and equality research studies, further and higher music education, business and coaching, journalism, speech & language therapy and the special schools sector, and IT. Two of our current Board members have disabilities and we are keen to increase representation on the Board of suitably experienced disabled people. There are a number of areas of expertise it would like to strengthen including:
• Knowledge and experience of music education and the arts in Scotland
• Knowledge and experience of finance and accounting
• Knowledge and experience of HR and employment law
• Marketing and PR
• Direct personal experience of disability

Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading music and disability organisation, creating music-making opportunities for disabled people of all ages using innovative music technology and Figurenotes notation. The organisation gained charitable status in July 1997 (Scottish charity no. SC026908) and is a Limited Company (not-for-profit) (Company number SC177502).
DMS has a core staff team of 7 including full time and part-time employees with regular financial, accounting and IT support from external providers. Members of our team of 25+ freelance Associate Musicians are contracted on the basis of fixed-term agreements to deliver projects in schools and other locations around Scotland.
Our artistic programme consists of collaborative projects with a number of key partners including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. The responsibilities of Drake Music Scotland Board members include actively participating in:
• Overall governance including compliance with OSCR, Company Law and other legislation
• Upholding and reviewing the Aims and Objectives of Drake Music Scotland
• Strategic direction including reviewing and approving Business Plans/Artistic Programme
• Oversight of financial management

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Fundraising Event Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with fundraising.  For example, helping with a bucket collection or distributing leaflets at a public event.

Next event dates in Edinburgh:

16-17 November 2018

17 December 2018

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Fundraising Volunteer Contact Form and email it to us

Musicspace Volunteers

Volunteers who are experienced musicians also assist our Musicspace tuition sessions which take place Monday to Fridays 10am-5pm in our Craigmillar Studio. We do not currently have any vacancies for these positions.