The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust
The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC037980

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust helps protect and expand Scotland’s musical heritage, and supports young people to develop skills for life, learning and work. The Trust develops and sustains piping and drumming in state schools with a focus on disadvantaged and remote areas. School pipe bands help pupils develop skills that include teamwork, resilience, community spirit and confidence. The Trust runs a free national instrument library, works in communities in 20 local education authorities, provides paid apprenticeships, and organises the annual Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships.

Current vacancies

Consulting Fundraiser

  • Part time
  • £40,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh (Hybrid)
  • Closing 23rd April 2024

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) is a national charity that supports and partners a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, community groups, and small and large charities in Scotland. You can read more about our work at

Whilst the SSPDT is in a position to award grants to support youth music-making programmes, we are aware that volunteer fundraisers in communities often find it hard to find match funding because of a lack of time and knowledge. Although they run excellent programmes, they are much less likely to be able to secure funding than their professional, paid, fundraising counterparts, who are employed by larger, better funded organisations.

This new fundraising role will improve equality of access to funding for a range of volunteer groups across Scotland. By so doing, the role will expand opportunities for young people to learn instrumental music, and to make music and perform with others, building confidence, teamwork, resilience, perseverance and other important skills for life, learning and work.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial, energetic individual who enjoys innovation, coaching, and has an ey for strategy as well as detail. We are a small, friendly team working in lovely office in central Edinburgh as well as remotely.

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This vacancy has now closed

Senior Fundraiser

  • Full time or Part time
  • £32,000
  • Hybrid
  • Closing 11th February 2024

Established on the premise that pipe bands encompass more than a mere musical pursuit, the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is dedicated to cultivating essential life skills. This includes fostering attributes such as teamwork, individual and collective accomplishments, resilience, confidence, camaraderie, and discipline. In addition to these qualities, participation in these bands provides opportunities for travel through competitions and cultural exchanges.

Since gaining approval for a pilot program in collaboration with Creative Scotland, SSPDT is in search of an adept fundraiser to support UK volunteers engaged in youth music projects. This initiative entails launching a pilot programme that deploys a professional fundraiser to support volunteers involved in youth music and music-making initiatives within their communities. The primary objective is to aid these volunteers in securing funds for activities related to pipes and drums, youth pipe bands, and traditional music.

The Senior Fundraiser will collaborate with established community groups and small charities, identifying gaps in their fundraising knowledge and activities. This may involve providing insights into local, regional, and national grant opportunities, guiding the implementation of legacy schemes, encouraging donor fundraising (including from the diaspora), and exploring corporate sponsorship.

The rationale behind the project is that while larger organisations with paid professional fundraisers can attract significant funding, volunteer-led community music initiatives face substantial obstacles in fundraising due to volunteers' limited time, skills, and knowledge. The pilot aims to address this disparity by equipping volunteers with fundraising skills and knowledge, creating a network of volunteer fundraisers, and providing them with customised fundraising and marketing tools developed by the professional fundraiser. Ultimately, the goal is to make volunteer-led community music initiatives more resilient and less vulnerable to financial challenges.

We are looking for a versatile fundraiser with a proven track record across various fundraising pillars. A comprehensive understanding of fundraising routines, adherence, and ability to educate best practice is essential for this role, as well as showcase strategic thinking, innovation, and hands-on engagement to inspire volunteers and drive positive change in fundraising.

Additionally, you should possess a hands-on approach, actively engaging and inspiring volunteers, community members, and stakeholders. Leadership qualities are crucial to driving positive change and developing sustainable routines in fundraising. This involves creating long-term plans, implementing efficient systems, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement to ensure ongoing success and growth in fundraising efforts.

Initially, this is a 12-month pilot role, which, if successful, is likely to be extended by the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust. The role is co-funded by the SSPDT and Creative Scotland, Strengthening Youth Music Fund.

It is preferred that the role is salaried 4 days per week and that the role-holder therefore becomes an employee of SSPDT, but are open to offering this role on a freelance daily rate.

This vacancy has now closed

Operations Officer - Maternity Cover

  • Part time
  • £30,000 – £35,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh with some home working if preferred.
  • Closing 20th November 2023

The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is the national charity that helps introduce piping and drumming tuition to state schools, and supports the formation of school pipe bands. We provide cash grants, offer guidance, and lend bagpipes. The Trust also organises the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships, a national composition competition, and professional development for instructors.

The Trust was founded to help protect and expand Scotland’s musical heritage, and also to give young people opportunities to develop a unique set of skills for life, learning and work.

Pipe bands encourage teamwork, self-confidence, camaraderie, resilience and commitment, as well as a sense of discipline and dress.

Whilst there is some piping and drumming tuition for Scottish state school pupils, the vast majority of young people do not have the chance to learn. The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust is supporting projects in over 20 Local Education Authorities for over 2,300 pupils and is in the fortunate position of being able to expand its programmes. We partner a range of organisations that manage the delivery of tuition at a local or regional level – these include Local Education Authorities, Parent Councils, Schools, Community Pipe Bands, and voluntary Community Groups.

The Trust employs a small team of instructors and apprentices (most tutors in our projects are employed by third parties) and a small office team.

We are seeking a well organised individual with initiative, drive and commitment who is highly literate and numerate with a keen eye for detail, to cover one year of maternity leave. The role involves most areas of charity administration but not payroll or bookkeeping. We are a small team and the post-holder will be responsible for the smooth running of the charity’s operations, working closely with the Chief Executive, Finance Manager, Bagpipe Lending Service Coordinator and other contractors and staff. The role offers the post-holder experience of a wide range of activities that are required to run a successful and growing charity. There may be further job opportunities after the one-year period of maternity cover.