The Alison Balsom Brass Music
  Development Fellowship  
Copyright Jason Joyce   ​​
Now accepting applications for position commencing early 2018
Position overview
Brass for Africa is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented individual to join our team for one year in Kampala, Uganda. The Brass Development Fellow will be responsible for the development of all Kampala based brass music teachers, brass and theory learning and instrument stock in Uganda. The Fellow will serve as the conductor and musical director of the site’s Senior Band and will supervise visiting volunteers in music-related activities.

The ideal candidate will have strong communication and teamwork skills, with strong cross-cultural understanding to ensure clear and positive communication on an international work team. He/she will be ready to face challenges and help build smarter systems to deliver the highest quality music education to hundreds of disadvantaged children in Uganda. This is an opportunity to share your skills and talents and gain extraordinary experience with a growing charity in East Africa.

About Brass for Africa
Brass for Africa is a non-profit organisation that uses music to empower and to improve the lives of extremely disadvantaged young people in Uganda and Liberia. Working with local organisations, Brass for Africa provides brass music education, performance opportunities and life skills training to young people from orphanages, street children projects, impoverished communities and rehabilitation centres. This provides participating children and young people with music and life skills so that they may fulfill potential.

Currently, Brass for Africa provides brass music education to over 600 children in the greater Kampala area each week!
Brass for Africa’s programmes in Uganda and Liberia are based on a successful, individual-focused model which includes the following strands of activity:
  • Music education: this includes brass band training sessions and performance opportunities
  • Teacher training: opportunity for ex-participants to receive training towards working as music teachers for Brass for Africa
  • Welfare and life skills: psychosocial support, counselling and skills workshops for the most vulnerable children
  • Provision of instruments, equipment and instrument repair

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

Teachers. Overall responsibility for teachers’ performance, standards and training.
Specific Duties:
  • Day-to-day management of Brass for Africa Outreach projects
  • Manage teachers’ personal development targets
  • Create avenues for collecting regular teacher feedback
  • Impart teaching skills & personal instrumental skillsets
  • Expand music theory knowledge and conducting skills, and encourage others to lead rehearsals and to conduct during performances
  • Lead a minimum of two Teacher Meetings each month

Instruments & Workshop. Overall responsibility for BfA instruments & Workshop.
Specific Duties:
  • Track instrument inventory and placement of instruments, including maintaining a database of all BfA instruments on site and at outreaches
  • Create sustainable Workshop business plan and system for organising and recording work completed both internally and externally
  • Create running inventory of all parts needed in Workshop repairs
  • Create price list for Workshop repair costs
  • Oversee the operation of the workshop, including workshop staff
  • Provision and oversight of all necessary items for musicians and bandstand, including stands, lights, music and other necessities

Library. Overall responsibility for the music stock and library.
Specific Duties:
  • Create catalogue of BfA music
  • Create system for shelving BfA music
  • Ensure adequate number of copies of music available for each part
  • Assign and manage BfA Teacher to deal with library day to day

Band Programmes. Overall responsibility for the quality and performance of BfA bands. Musical Director of the Senior Band.
Specific Duties:
  • Ensure Mlisada/BfA Senior Band holds two rehearsals/week, serving as Conductor of the Senior Band
  • Ensure Mlisada/BfA Junior Band holds two rehearsals/week
  • Ensure regular attendance at Mlisada/BfA Junior & Senior bands
  • Organize logistics for all BfA Junior & Senior Band Performance opportunities
  • Liaise with Mlisada for all performances, both joint and those just for one organization or the other to ensure clear expectations
  • Maintain performance and events calendar and post on BfA bulletin board

Outreach Programmes. Overall responsibility for the running and quality of Outreach Projects.
Specific Duties:
  • Ensure teachers attend assigned BfA Outreach lessons on time
  • Communicate any necessary changes in Outreach Schedule to Country Manager
  • Ensure Outreach site needs match the abilities of teachers assigned to a project
  • Ensure adequate resources available at Outreach sites (space to rehearse, children turning up on time, etc)
  • Ensure progression of Outreach lessons through BfA Monitoring Form collection and oversight, and through observation
  • Provide teachers with regular feedback on teaching style and lesson plan development for each Outreach site
  • Performances: Ensure that all projects have suitable opportunities of performance

Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting. Serve as a member of the M&E team with a focus on musical achievement indicators.
Specific Duties:
  • Develop musical achievement indicators and targets with BfA M&E and Skills Officer
  • Report any organizational risks or barriers to delivery to Country Manager
  • Ensure that all teachers are reporting lesson objectives, outcomes and attendance, collating these materials and delivering to the team in a useful format

Health & Safety/Child Protection. Overall responsibility to report concerns regarding child safety or protection issues to Country Manager.
Specific Duties:
  • Responsibility to report all child protection concerns, in writing, to the Country Manager
  • Responsibility to report health hazards, safety concerns or any other concerns regarding the wellbeing of staff or participants, in writing, to the Country Manager

Required Qualifications:

  • Hold a degree in music or equivalent certification
  • Have relevant brass instrumental teaching experience
  • Be an experienced brass musician with strong music theory knowledge and experience of training and conducting bands
  • Ability to step outside of your comfort zone and immerse yourself into local context
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of professional judgment and cultural sensitivity
  • Hold a patient and encouraging approach to music. Possess the ability to work with a range of young musicians from beginners to intermediates
  • Strong problem-solving and teamwork skills
  • Self-awareness and organisational awareness
  • Patience and a willingness to adopt a long-term view
  • The ability to learn and to acquire new skills rapidly and the flexibility to transfer learning from one situation to another
  • Operational decision-making skills
  • Willingness to live and travel in basic conditions
  • Hold a passport without restriction and able to live/work in Uganda


  • Experience living or working in a developing country; ideally in East Africa.
  • Hold a Master’s degree in music, international development, or a related field.

  • Located in Kampala, Uganda
  • Commitment of one (1) year
  • Accommodation and a living stipend
  • Flights to Uganda at the start of term and return flight at end of term

Application Details and Deadline

  • Please email a current CV and covering letter to
  • Please enter "Alison Balsom Fellowship" in the email subject line​

Good Luck and thank you for considering Brass for Africa!

Brass for Africa,
65a Oxford Road, Wokingham, RG41 2YH
UK Registered Charity No. 1149863