Brighton Early Music Festival Trainee Scheme

The BREMF trainee scheme is aimed at graduates who are looking to pursue a career in Arts Administration. Past trainees have gone on to work at Spitalfields Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music and the Voces 8 Foundation.

Trainees 2021

Each year we offer Festival traineeships to at least two (more usually four or five) graduates who are keen to build a career in Arts Administration.

For 2021 our events will be spread across the year rather than all in the autumn, so we will be recruiting trainees from May onwards.

Contact Cathy Boyes, Festival Producer at if you are interested in finding out more. We are looking for trainees to help with our Summer Season of events from early June; our BREMF Early Opera course in July; and our autumn events in late October, and can help design a bespoke placement around your other commitments.

Key points about the scheme

  • Download full details of how the scheme works in a ‘normal’ year
  • Trainees commit to around 10hrs per week from home, plus helping out with weekend events
  • Gain experience in a wide variety of tasks, including working in the production team for our summer opera course
  • Unpaid, but all expenses reimbursed
  • For 2021 we’re keen to hear from graduates or final year students who would be available to help any time from May onwards
  • Get in touch to find out more, and we’ll set up an informal Zoom interview

The scheme explained

BREMF Trainees commit to around 10hrs per week of computer based work from home as well as attending at least 5 Festival events in Brighton, which this year take place between June and October. We aim for all trainees to gain experience in marketing, project management, production, and concert management

The BREMF Festival Trainee programme offers experience and training, as well as support with job applications including interview advice and references. As the trainees commitment to BREMF is part time, arranged flexibly to suit your schedule, plus weekends and evenings at Festival events, a Festival Traineeship is easily compatible with other paid work, and accessible to those who can’t afford to take on a full-time internship. Travel expenses and a meal allowance are provided for event days.