Trustee – Treasurer sought by charity working alongside young disabled musicians – Bristol

Trustee – Treasurer sought by charity working alongside young disabled musicians

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We work alongside young disabled musicians to tackle musical inequality – inspiring new instruments and creating new musical forms. We are looking for a Treasurer to help support us through our next, exciting stage of development.

What will you be doing?

This academic year we are providing accessible musical progression opportunities to over 600 of the most marginalised young musicians in the UK. We do this through our award-winning programmes, including Open Orchestras (the largest network of inclusive ensembles in the UK) and the National Open Youth Orchestra (the world’s first disabled-led national youth ensemble). Over the next 5 years, in partnership with some of the UK’s leading arts and cultural organisations, we have plans to increase the scale and geographic range of our programmes.

As Treasurer, you will help the Board maintain an overview of the charity’s financial affairs. More broadly, as a trustee, you will use your skills, experience and insight to ensure the charity is run in a way that is legal, responsible and effective. You will help ensure that we deliver on what we say we will do, and use the money we raise as effectively as possible. You will also work with our wonderful staff team to set the future direction of the charity.

What are we looking

  • Financial qualifications and experience
  • Understanding of charity finance
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • Prepared to make unpopular recommendations to the board
  • Willing to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis

What difference will you make?

Young disabled people unfortunately are for the most part excluded from ensemble music making, in schools and music groups. So not many play, become music professionals, orchestral players, composers… Since 2007, our award-winning programmes have created new opportunities for them to be musicians, making their own music, not just listening to the music of others. You can support us to continue this vital work.

Before you apply

Please contact us through Reach in the first instance, but be aware that we require all candidates to submit a covering letter which we will use to shortlist – our panel won’t look at any other information until shortlisting has been done. This helps remove unconscious bias from our decision making process.

Interviews will take place online.

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