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Projects Assistant paid internship at PRS foundation

About PRS Foundation

PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres.  Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exciting range of new music activity – from composer residencies and talent development programmes to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas. We aim to be a major catalyst for the development of new music and talent in the UK.

Some facts and figures

PRS for Music registered the Foundation as an independent charity in 2000 to create a fair and transparent way for PRS to donate funds to the creation and performance of new music. Since 2000, PRS Foundation has given more than £26.5 million to over 5,750 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. In 2016, we invested over £2.7m in almost 450 projects from over 3150 applications. Alongside PRS for Music which currently donates £3m per year, we work with a broad range of funding partners from across the public and private sector to maximise our impact.   @prsfoundation YouTube/PRSFmusic

Projects Assistant internship

We are looking for an enthusiastic and efficient intern to join our team from January to June 2018 on a part-time basis. If you are looking for a career in the music industry, the arts and/or funding and need invaluable experience, then this is the internship for you. You will have a particular interest in a career in arts/music and talent development, supporting the Grants Team and flagship programmes such as International Showcase Fund and Momentum. The internship will enable the successful candidate to learn more about the music industry via our links to PRS for Music and other organisations based at the Foundation’s offices in 2 Pancras Square. The intern will be involved in the core of our work – assessing and awarding grants to not-for-profit UK new music.

The intern will work closely with our small team of 8 other people, and in particular with the Programme Manager responsible for the music industry programmes. The work will be split across the Foundation’s programmes with a 70% /30% split between music industry programmes and the other programmes. This is a position for 6 months, on London Living Wage (£10.20 per hour). It is expected that this will be on a part-time basis (e.g. 4 days per week). Standard office hours are 10.00am – 6.00pm and some evening attendance at events is possible.

The office is based in King’s Cross, London and has access to a subsidised canteen and full IT support. It is also based in a building among many other music organisations (i.e., Music Publishers Association, BASCA, as well as PRS for Music). The Foundation promotes a culture of equal opportunities for all staff and all applicants. PRS Foundation is an independent registered charity that receives a generous financial commitment from the Board and Members of PRS for Music.

How to apply

Please read the details of this opportunity carefully and ensure that you are aware of the vision and work of PRS Foundation, and can describe what you would like to gain from this placement.

Please submit the application form, along with the equal opportunities monitoring form and a covering letter (which responds to the person specification criteria), via email or post to:

Leyla Atamturk, Administrator, PRS Foundation, 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG or

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 8 January 2018         

Interviews: Monday 22 January 2018

Start date: Ideally early-mid February 2018


Key opportunities and activities for this role

The Projects Assistant will be involved at the heart of our work, and the placement will be an opportunity to support your own career development and the effective operations of the Foundation. You will primarily be based in an office-based/administrative environment with a small and dedicated team.


Learning opportunities

  • Personal development support from the PRS Foundation management team
  • Undertake specific projects with definable outcomes, which will help to build your project-management and arts administration experience for your CV
  • Fully utilise your research and administrative skills
  • Learn more about new music throughout the UK and arts funding policy
  • Training on Flexigrant database (specialist grant-making database)

  • Support the team to administrate and manage specific PRSF programmes (e.g. Momentum and International Showcase Fund) and events
  • Assess funding applications from festivals, promoters and artists from various music sectors, with the Grants team.

  • First point of contact for phone/email enquiries from the music community
  • Support Grants team to administer grant applications and evaluations
Administrative support and office management

  • Support Administrator in smooth running of the Foundation office
  • Undertake other general administrative tasks as reasonably required

Person specification

You must be clear about what you would like to gain from this placement. It is not primarily a route to work in the commercial music industry, but this internship will develop your skills relevant to careers in music, arts administration, funding and the charity sector, in such roles as grants assessor, project manager, and researcher.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and efficient person, wishing to develop their project management and arts administration skills, who is also able to prove an active interest in at least one genre of new music.

We also expect that you understand and can show a commitment to the vision and work of the PRS Foundation; full information can be found throughout our website

You should be able to highlight proven organisational, communication and IT skills from your academic or professional work to date.





In depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for at least one genre of new music Essential
Fluent in English language Essential
Good numeracy skills Essential
General knowledge of PRS Foundation and the wider music industry Desirable
Educated to degree level, or have equivalent work experience Desirable
Proven organisational, communication and IT experience from your academic or professional work to date Essential
Working within an office environment Essential
Fluent communication skills (written and verbal) Essential
Skilful prioritisation and multi-tasking within a varied work load Essential
Meticulous attention to detail Essential
Working effectively on your own initiative and as part of a small team Essential
Ability to work methodically and consistently on detailed tasks Essential
Excellent IT skills in the following: Word, Excel, internet, databases Essential
Confidence in using general office equipment Desirable