volunteermusicworks is looking for musicians who can support a new Nottingham based project designed to enrich the quality of life for people living dementia and their carers through the use of personalised music. Based on our award winning “Soundtrack to My Life” initiative and part of “Music in Care” series.

We need talented and self confident accompanists who can play piano, guitar or similar whilst singing a wide selection of songs some of which will be chosen by the group participants. Songs will be pre-prepared before sessions so it is not expected that sight reading will be essential.

The successful musicians will work alongside a group of trained volunteers who will lead the sessions with the support of facilitators. They will need to be patient, easy going and have a genuine interest in the application of personalised music in a therapeutic way to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Whilst the volunteers will be primarily responsible for working with the group participants the musicians must be prepared to interact directly with all the group participants. Knowledge of dementia is not required as training will be offered to successful musicians as part of the preparation for the course.

Group sessions will take place on week days, either in the mornings (10am to 12pm) or afternoons (2pm to 4pm), depending on the preference of the group members and will take place on a fortnightly basis.

In line with the musicworks policy of supporting musicians by ensuring the right rate for the job. We are looking to recruit a number of musicians who can work together to make sure that all group sessions have a musician to support the group work. A fee of £40 will be paid for each two hour session undertaken. This will be on a self employed basis as musicworks cannot directly employ musicians.

For further information or to submit an application please contact info@musicworksnet.co.uk.