We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, age groups and cultures. We are particularly keen to receive applications from D/deaf and/or disabled candidates and/or those whose heritage is of the Global Majority (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), as they are currently under-represented on our Board. We also want to ensure representation from across England, our area of operation.

Previous trustee experience is not essential – we support new trustees with training and mentoring including matching them with a more experienced trustee as a buddy. We offer access support for people who face barriers to inclusion, meeting in accessible venues, being flexible in scheduling meetings at different times of day and covering travel expenses as outlined in our Inclusion Statement, which can be found at the end of this document. 

Who we are looking for, and why

We are looking forward to welcoming up to four new trustees over the next couple of years who will be active, enthusiastic and involved members of our dynamic and motivated team. 

The trustees are jointly responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health and developing our aims, objectives and goals. To support this, we need a broad range of skills, expertise and life experience. Diversity at board level steers stronger decision making, offering a broader range of perspectives on issues and greater creativity in generating ideas and solutions. Greater breadth of experience and specialist knowledge enables the Board to understand better the needs of all our beneficiaries and partners, and to both steer and challenge management decisions.

The Board has made specific commitments to embed equity of access and opportunity across our delivery programme and organisational structure. To help us deliver these, we particularly welcome applications from people whose lived experience could contribute to our understanding in any of the following areas:

  • Disability and/or the D/deaf community
  • Neurodiversity
  • Racism
  • Socio-economic disadvantage
  • Non-urban or rural communities

In addition, we have reviewed the range of skills and expertise we will need to call on to deliver our long-term strategy. We wish to strengthen specialist knowledge on the Board in the following areas: 

  • Health & wellbeing with a focus on Social Prescribing
  • Strategic financial planning and monitoring, which may include a broad understanding of the funding context for culture
  • The music education sector, either the broad landscape or specific areas: Early Years or Higher Education/Conservatoire
  • Local Government / Place Based Development (Levelling Up agenda) / Public Sector Commissioning

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