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Ruth Jones youth arts specialist

PODCAST [8] The role of freelancers in the arts and music sector – with Ruth Jones, youth arts specialist

In this episode, I’m talking about freelancing in the arts with Ruth Jones. Ruth is a youth arts specialist, trainer, and bass player – as well as being an experienced arts and music development manager currently working with Arts Awards and Wiltshire Music Connect.

You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and iTunes.

What’s in this episode?

We talk about:

  • how as a teenage single-parent living with new-age travellers, Ruth Jones became an arts project manager, and went on to running arts and social justice organisations
  • why she feels that freelancers have an important role to play in the sector, and the value they bring
  • the importance of focusing on your purpose, financial planning and charging properly for your time
  • speaking truth to power
  • how freelancers can evaluate and market their work
  • whether there’s a need for more support, training, and mentoring for freelancers
  • and we finish with a simple way that organisations can help to support freelancers

Links for this episode

Ruth’s Twitter account @RuthJ1

Arts Award

Wiltshire Music Connect


Creative Industries Federation – Creative Freelancers report

Arts Professional – How to survive as a freelancer

Guardian – What I wish I had known about freelancing in the arts


Read the Music for Education and Wellbeing podcast [8] TRANSCRIPT

About the music for education & wellbeing podcast

Listen in each month to get ideas, inspiration and practical advice from people involved in music education, community music, music therapy and more. Learn how you can break down barriers to music, through communications, advocacy and inclusive practice.

The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.


As a thank you, you’ll also get six tip sheets, templates and checklists for: social media, communications strategy, getting more traffic to your website, copywriting, blogging and annual reports. You’ll also hear each time a podcast episode is published, and receive an occasional digest of my blogs, plus tips, advice and signposting to useful information and resources.

Need some help with a particular aspect of your communications, or your communications strategy? Contact me.

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