The Drum is the UK’s premier arts centre dedicated to the development, presentation and celebration of African, Asian and Caribbean arts and cultural activities for the benefit of all is seeking motivated and skilled individuals to join its permanent and casual staff team to support an ambitious and exciting programme of activities:


Arts Programme Manager

£20,000 – £24,000 per annum

You will manage The Drum’s artistic programme including touring productions, commissions, arts participation projects and festivals ensuring that it delivers the departmental targets as well as contribute to departmental fundraising and income generation targets.

You will need a degree or an appropriate qualification in a relevant subject, e.g. Arts management, performing Arts, Visual Arts or Project Management, a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in the Arts or a related field, proven planning, Project Management, administration and organisational skills.


Arts Development & Outreach Manager P/T 221/2 £20,000 – £24,000 per annum

As Arts Development & Outreach Manager you will manage a range of existing arts development partnerships and produce a new distinctive high quality Arts Development programme that is accessible, wide reaching, engages artists and secures active participation and attendance from target communities.

You will also be required to raise additional project funding to support the programme.  You will need a professional qualification in project management or equivalent, have substantial experience of developing and delivering arts development / community arts initiatives, experience of developing participants / audiences through outreach strategy planning and have experience of working within the arts/cultural sector.

You will need to be educated to A level standard (including English) or equivalent, have good creative writing, proof­reading and print production skills, 2 years’ experience of working in a similar role in a commercial or arts marketing environment, have basic design skills, good computer literacy especially MS Office packages, databases and computerised ticketing systems. 

Bar & Hospitality Steward P/T 221/2

£6.19 per hour

To support the Head of Drum Commercial to deliver a high standard of customer care and deliver a professional Bar and Hospitality service at The Drum and in venues deemed appropriate. The role requires an individual with experience of working in a bar and catering / hospitality environment and have experience of handling cash and excellent customer service skills.


Casual Customer Service Co-ordinator

£7.50 per hour

This role requires a highly professional individual to provide high quality customer focused service, to act as a focal point of information for customers and users of the centre and to ensure the effective operation and management of The Drum’s customer service activities.

You will need experience of working in a customer care / duty management environment, excellent communication and self-presentation skills, experience of dealing with a wide variety of people in a busy and pressurized environment and be available to work evenings and weekends.


Artifax & Executive Officer

£16,000 — £19,000 per annum

You will take responsibility for the development and implementation of The Drum’s Artifax Event Management system which is used to ensure the effective operation of The Drum’s programme of activities, carry out a range of administrative duties as well as providing professional and efficient administrative support to the Chief Executive and Head of Executive and Operations. The successful candidate will need to have substantial experience of developing and implementing computerised systems, providing administrative / secretarial support, minute taking as well as excellent planning and communication skills.


Marketing & Press Officer

£16,000 – £19,000 per annum

This role requires you to provide effective marketing support for the Marketing and Promotions Manager, the Arts and Marketing and Drum Commercial teams as well as contribute to devising and implementing effective marketing, PR and advertising plans and strategies aimed at increasing attendance and participation.


Download an information pack and application form :

Artifax & Executive Officer PDF Pack

Arts & Development Manager PDF Pack

Arts Programme Manager PDF Pack

Bar & Hospitality Steward PDF pack

Casual Customer Service Co-ordinator PDF pack

Marketing & Press Officer PDF Pack


Closing date: 31 May 2013

Send applications to Esther Lisk-Carew at h.sharma@the-drum.org.uk.


The Drum is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


The Drum receives on-going financial support from Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council.


Charity No 1042218



Subtle Tones at Courtney Pine’s Album Launch

We are very proud of our young people who performed the curtain raiser at Courtney Pine’s Album Launch last week. Subtle Tone’s are part of Young Gifted Brum’s, Youth Music Project led by Project Coordinator Reisz Amos.

See the YouTube video of their performance here.

Take part in a film survey

MHM are looking for people interested in film for a focus group on the evening of May 14th. It will be centrally based, informal, enjoyable, and there’s a £30 cash incentive as well as a buffet! If you’re interested in applying to take part please fill out the quick e-survey below.


Circuit Training @The Drum

Join the NeutraHealth fitness classes on Wednesday evenings from 6pm at The Drum. Get fit, have fun and live healthy.

Contact Jamie- Email: jamieevill@yahoo.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/neutrahealthuk  | Twitter: @jayneutrahealth

Birmingham School of Acting still has places left

There are still places left on the BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) Programme at Birmingham School of Acting / Birmingham City University.


This course would suit students enthusiastic about interdisciplinary performance and would like the opportunity to use performance as a tool to raise awareness, inform and educate. Students make work with and for young people and community groups across the City. Projects have included work around homelessness and displacement, family and children’s theatre, disability, 2011 riots and Hate Crime. A recent project ‘She’ at The Drum for Year 10 students looked at girls’ relationships with gangs.


A link to a 5 min film promo of ‘She’:



Central News footage of ‘She’:



We have some exciting industry partners, The REP, mac birmingham, The Drum and Playhouse Theatre Company and our current focus is creating pathways to employment for our graduates. We are looking for applicants who would like to make a difference to the lives of young people and communities in Birmingham through performance. Although, UCAS is now closed, students can apply directly to the School through the website.

Link to Website:



Year 1 student feedback:


“The applied performance course has so far opened up new possible opportunities for possible careers in the future. I constantly want to create work to inspire people, raise awareness of issues and raise debate. In this first year, I have built on my existing skill base and I am learning new skills and theory which has been exciting. I look forward to continued work with my colleagues and lecturers.”


Kind Regards

Hannah Philips