The London Music Fund is looking to appoint two new Trustees, in the areas of either music industry/broadcasting, or finance/accounting.
We are committed to building a board of Trustees which is reflective of our beneficiaries. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from candidates of ethnically diverse and under-represented backgrounds.
To apply, please send a short covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like an informal discussion about the charity please contact the Chief Executive, Chrissy Kinsella: email@example.com.
Closing date: 30 September 2020
London Music Fund Trustees are first and foremost ambassadors of the charity. They gain a deep understanding of and commitment to our values expressed through our core programmes with music services, schools, professional arts organisations and performance venues. Trustees play a crucial role in supporting the executive team on significant governance, fundraising strategic and financial matters. From time to time they will support executive teams on operational matters which connect to specific areas of a Trustee’s expertise (development, finance, PR, music education etc.).
The role of a Trustee is to ensure that the London Music Fund fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries through the successful delivery of its core programmes and delivers on our vision, mission and values.
The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration.
Four Board meetings per year, plus occasional strategic meetings as required. There is the opportunity to join sub-committees and/or advisory groups depending on areas of expertise. Trustees are also encouraged to attend Scholars’ events, such as graduation ceremonies and Playing Days, as well as participating in fundraising events.
Chair of Trustees
Individuals are sought who have a strong empathy with our mission to enable the next generation of young people and emerging artists to achieve their musical and personal potential. We are currently recruiting two Trustees with the following skills
We are committed to building a diverse and representative board, and therefore applications are particularly welcomed from individuals from ethnically diverse and under-represented backgrounds.
Additional skills / knowledge in any of the following will also be welcomed: fundraising / individual giving (high net worth individuals), an understanding of the music education sector, governance, marketing, public relations, and law.
The Board of Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.
All Trustees should also be aware of, and understand, their individual and collective responsibilities, and should not be overly reliant on one or more individual Trustees in any particular aspect of the governance of the charity.
Knowledge, skills and understanding
About the London Music Fund
The London Music Fund is an independent charity with the Mayor of London as Patron, approaching our exciting ten-year anniversary in 2021. We provide grants of around £300,000 every year to enable thousands of children and young people across every London borough to develop their musical potential. We do this through our unique four-year instrumental Scholarships programme, for children from low-income families, and through collaborative partnership projects in inspiring venues, enabling young musicians to learn from and perform alongside professionals. Former projects include work with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and the Philharmonia, and other genres such as jazz, pop/rock and musical theatre.
Since 2011 we have worked with over 10,000 aspiring young musicians with more accessing our programmes every term. In the last 12 months our work has expanded to included ‘non formal’ (i.e. out of school) music projects for young people through our Amplify London programme with YouTube Music. These projects include music technology, studio work, songwriting and producing, for 11-21 year olds.
We have a small but very effective team of CEO, Programmes Manager and part time Programmes Assistant. Our income is raised for a variety of sources; grants from trusts and foundations, events fundraising, corporate support and individuals including HNW philanthropists. More information
The London Music Fund works in every London borough. Our mission is to ensure all children across London can access high quality music education, regardless of their socio-economic background. All children on the Scholarship programme are from low-income families who would struggle to access ongoing tuition. 63% of Scholars are from BAME backgrounds. Our projects include a wide range of participants, addressing specific gaps in musical progression, working with music hubs, schools and professional arts organisations. We are listening and learning and continue to be committed to extending our support for BAME children and young people with a passion for music.
Our vision is that every child who demonstrates significant musical ability, enthusiasm and commitment to learning an instrument is given the opportunity to develop their potential.
The statutory duties of a Trustee
For more information, please see the London Music Fund Charity Commission records, here.
In addition, with other Trustees, to hold the charity “in trust” for current and future beneficiaries by:
As well as the various statutory duties, any Trustee should make full use of any specific skills, knowledge or experience to help the board make good decisions.
The above list of duties is indicative only and not exhaustive. The Trustee will be expected to perform all such additional duties as are reasonably commensurate with the role.