Orchestras Live recruits new trustees to its Board on a regular basis – on average one or two trustees complete their set term of service each year. We welcome expressions of interest from potential trustees at any time, whether or not there is currently a vacancy on the Board.
A national music charity with over 50 years’ experience, Orchestras Live recruits new trustees to its Board on a regular basis – on average one or two trustees complete their set term of service each year. We welcome expressions of interest from potential trustees at any time, whether or not there is currently a vacancy on the Board.
Trustees play a crucial role in helping Orchestras Live to create environments where music and creativity can thrive. We work to ensure diverse communities across the country have access to world-class orchestral experiences, particularly in culturally under-served rural, coastal and disadvantaged urban areas outside London.
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, age groups and cultures. It is not necessary to have previous trustee or committee experience as training will be provided.
We are committed to improving the diversity of the orchestral sector on and off the platform and aim to reflect this ambition in the make up of our Board. We help make this possible by providing access support for people with disabilities, meeting in accessible venues, being flexible in scheduling meetings at different times of day and covering travel expenses.
We seek to recruit trustees to be active and involved members of a dynamic and ambitious team and to take forward the strategic development of the charity. We run an annual skills audit to ensure that the skills and experience of the Board relate to our Business Plan and strengthen our ability to meet future challenges. Nevertheless, we are pleased to hear at any time from people who feel that their combination of enthusiasm, skills and experience would be beneficial to the charity.
Trustees meet as a full Board at least four times a year supplemented by a small number of standing committees and working groups as required. Board meetings usually take place in London, with at least one a year outside London and an annual Awayday. Committees and working groups often meet virtually via video/phone conference. Trustees are expected to attend at least two Orchestras Live activities annually and contribute to our internal evaluation systems.
Whilst the role is voluntary and unpaid, travel and other appropriate expenses are reimbursed.
Role of Trustees
The Trustees have ultimate accountability for directing the affairs of Orchestras Live, and ensuring that it is solvent, well run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up. Trustees must act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interests and are expected to be champions for Orchestras Live whenever the opportunity arises.
All Trustees need to meet the following essential criteria:
- Commitment to and support of Orchestras Live’s purpose and vision;
- The ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgement;
- An ability to reflect their own area of expertise in the full range of board discussions;
- Demonstrable ability to champion Orchestras Live both within their own context and that of Orchestras Live networks and events;
- A clear understanding of, or willingness to undertake training to acquire, the principles of charitable and corporate governance.
In return, we offer you the opportunity to be an essential part of the future development of an innovative and forward thinking organisation, bringing the thrill of live orchestral music to people and places all over England and leading new thinking in the sector. Being a trustee will provide you with new insight into the charitable and cultural sectors and the opportunity to build your knowledge and skills.
More about Orchestras Live
Orchestras Live is a creative producer. Our partnerships are essential to create orchestral experiences for communities all across England, particularly in areas where cultural investment is low. We work with orchestras and artists, local authorities, community groups, music education hubs, venues, promoters and other stakeholders committed to ensuring inclusive access to high quality live orchestral events. The work is made possible through a variety of funders: statutory, local authority, commissioners and private trusts and foundations.
Please browse our website for more information about our work.
More information about being a trustee can be found here.
How to apply
Please email your CV and a covering letter explaining why the role appeals to you and what you could bring to Orchestras Live. Please address your letter to our Chair, Tony Stoller and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.