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Hear Me Out is recruiting artists

Work will include workshops in detention centres, in barracks and hotels, and with community groups. Applications closed on 7th January 2022.

November 23, 2021

Applications closed on 7th January 2022.

What we do

Hear Me Out is a national charity which exists to support people in immigration detention. Every year, 28,000 people are locked in UK immigration detention centres with no end date. We co-create music and art projects with people who are detained in these centres.

We record soundtracks in detention centres and then take them out to the rest of the world, via our music player, performances, music videos made with young people, exhibitions, cover albums and more. We hold concerts in immigration detention centres, often in parallel with concerts in community or cultural spaces outside of detention centres. We also develop dance, visual arts and theatre programmes, and are currently experimenting with immersive sound. We aim to empower people in immigration detention with agency, and to raise awareness about them and their lives. We also work with people once they have left immigration detention – we are currently supporting a touring band comprising of musicians who we met when they were in detention.

About the roles

Hear Me Out are preparing to deliver new work in recently opened detention centres, barracks and hotels alongside the existing seven detention centres.

Artists are contracted by Hear Me Out as freelancers, who are part of a pool of artists we work with regularly. We cannot guarantee the workload, as work is dependent on the detention system. Your work will include workshops in detention centres, workshops in barracks and hotels, and workshops with community groups - creating tracks with community groups to send into detention centres as part of our DIY radio. Some of our artists work with a band comprising musicians we met when the musicians were in immigration detention. We also commission artists to create work relating to our extensive music archive.

We are looking for performing artists/musicians with experience in live music performance who are also confident in facilitating music workshops. We are particularly looking for musicians who are skilled in some of the following:


- Highly experienced as a lead artist/music facilitator leading music workshops in challenging settings.

- Experience of delivering projects in the community and able to lead and run groups with an inclusive approach.

- Ideally musicians will be professional in at least one instrument eg. Guitar, drums, or vocals, and artists will need to be confident with improvisation and open to jam.

- Ability to produce/record to a high standard and facilitate the delivery at the same time eg. Creating and combining electronic and acoustic music in workshop sessions, creating loops to jam over, and able to compose and develop material on the spot.

- Recording - able to record music well, understand where to put mics, getting good levels etc in a variety of locations eg. Outside of recording studios, while understanding the challenges, and having the ability to work flexibly to get the best sound.

- Access to/own good recording equipment eg. Mics, mic stands, cables, mixer etc or a decent zoom recorder, would be an asset.

- Able to use audio software eg. Logic/Audacity or whichever software is your preference to edit and master recordings/post-production techniques to a high standard.

- Interest in or ability to reproduce a variety of musical styles eg. Reggae, rap, grime, hip-hop, folk, blues, jazz – whatever the participants want to make!

- Experience of/interest in working with people whose first language is not English or may have very little grasp of English.

- High level of performance skill on your voice/instrument, whilst being able to bring out the best in participants (of varying abilities).

- Able to engage well with people and inspire confidence in a group.

- Evidence of being able to work in challenging settings and managing groups and group dynamics, under pressure.

- Able to work well with other artists and be able to share leadership ie. Follow, listen and lead when appropriate.

- Ability to edit film, and/or experience of collaborating with other art forms, would be a plus.

All of our artists are expected to attend safeguarding training and at least one Artist Practice Forum per year. You will be paid the Hear Me Out training rate for these which is £118 per day. Artist fees are £200 per day if you are being trained and £235 otherwise. We pay transport, subsistence and accommodation when needed. Artists are paired with other experienced facilitators so you won’t be working alone.

In addition, we provide artists care, development and leadership training as often as we can. This is a unique opportunity to work within a supportive dynamic team, making a difference to people in the immigration system through music and the arts.

Please do check out our work on www.hearmeoutmusic.org.uk and if you have any questions, please contact Gini at gini@hearmeoutmusic.org.uk

The recruitment process

Hear Me Out is committed to diversity and relevance. We welcome applications from people from culturally diverse backgrounds, disabled applicants and people of different ages, gender, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds. We also encourage people with lived experience of the UK’s immigration system to apply.

Please send a two page CV and a one page covering letter explaining why you are interested in this work, including links to your music or art works, to Gini at gini@hearmeoutmusic.org.uk by 6pm on Friday 7th January 2022.


We will consider each submission carefully and then choose those to take forward for interview from 10th - 28th January 2022. Please let us know if you have any access requirements.

If you are selected you will be expected to attend a safeguarding course which will be across two sessions, run on the mornings of 9th and 16th February 2022 online and 2x practice forums on 23rd March and 27th April 2022. You will be paid Hear Me Out's training rate to attend, alongside transport costs. We will provide food for the practice forums.

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