Board Trustee Duties - Wiltshire Music Centre

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‘IT’S INSPIRING THAT A PLACE LIKE THIS CAN EXIST’
EVAN CHRISTOPHER
BLACK VOICES
DEBASHISH
BHATTACHARYA
ALESSANDRO
TAVERNA
FRIGG
ACADEMY OF
ST MARTIN IN
THE FIELDS
LARRY
“STONEPHACE”
STABBINS
BOARD RECRUITMENT PACK
-JUNE 2014-
BRADFORD ROOTS
MUSIC FESTIVAL
Board Member Recruitment
June 2014
Introduction
For the last 16 years, Wiltshire Music Centre has been providing outstanding programmes of live
professional concerts across classical, folk, jazz and world music as well as an international quality venue for
young people to rehearse and perform music.
The Centre attracts international performers such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, violinist
Nicola Benedetti, jazz singers Jacqui Dankworth and Stacey Kent, guitarist John Williams, folk artist Kathryn
Tickell, tenor Mark Padmore, pianist Stephen Osborne and jazz legend Courtney Pine. The artistic
programme presents approximately 100 concerts a year, involving more than 1,000 professional, community
and young musicians. We showcase young talent from school children to young professional artists and
welcome the very best musicians from across the globe.
The Centre offers residencies and programmes to support outstanding young artists and those early in their
careers who have reached the required level of excellence to achieve their ambitions. We give these young
artists opportunities to work with young people and be inspired by their interest and support to stretch their
own talent.
The Centre also provides a permanent home for a range of local orchestras, choirs and other music groups
and works extensively with local schools. Over 800 local young musicians rehearse here weekly, and
regularly perform to packed, receptive audiences. Our facilities include practice and teaching spaces, digital
labs for composition and listening, and instrument storage.
Since we were founded 16 years ago, the Centre has built an enviable reputation as a professional concert
hall of exceptional quality rooted in community participation and involvement.
...From the very outset in Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings, the brightly resonant
acoustic of the Wiltshire Music Centre's auditorium highlighted the ASMF's discipline and
vibrancy...
The Guardian (Academy of St Martin in the Fields concert)
...Having the opportunity to play in such a wonderful venue from the beginning of our
professional career has been very important because it has given us invaluable experience of
playing in a fantastic concert hall...
Doric String Quartet
‘Every county should have one’
Wiltshire and Swindon Youth Orchestra Director
...One of the best models of arts participatory practice for people with learning disabilities in the
country and that is down to the quality of the artists involved and the tailored, informed support
of the Centre in making it happen...
Zone Club, Independent Evaluator
The inspirational people who thought up, built and developed the Centre created a sustainable business
based on earning 60% of total income from ticket sales and lettings, 21% from fundraising and 19% from
Arts Council England (as a National Portfolio Organisation) and local authorities. The Centre is a registered
charity (1026160) governed by a Board of Trustee Directors, managed by an Executive and Artistic
management team, and supported by a small team of 9.5 full-time equivalent professional staff and over 100
dedicated volunteers.
Concert Programme
The Centre was founded on a commitment to nurture musical ability and interest, regardless of age or
background. We provide the opportunity for people who may never have heard live music like this before to
experience the inspirational power of music.
We welcome over 60,000 people to the Centre every year, which includes a mixture of people from all walks
of life, background, ages and abilities. Our pricing policy means that we are accessible for everyone. Our
popular family concerts programme provides a much needed service through giving thousands of children,
young people and their families, many of whom live in rural isolation and/or are on low income, the
opportunity to attend concerts at an affordable price, to participate in and enjoy a wide variety of music.
We are founder members of the Wiltshire Music Hub and the next stage of our development will see an
extended Creative Learning programme of outreach activity including young curators and promoters
projects. This aims to embed our educational outreach work much more closely with the main concert
programmes through projects such as residencies and artist master-classes.
In 2013 the Centre went through a major change with the retirement of the founding Artistic Director and
recruitment of his replacement, James Slater. This marks the start of a new stage in the development of the
Centre based on expanding different areas of programming and achieving the closer integration of the
artistic and creative learning programmes.
The concert programme will continue to offer a broad mix of classical, jazz, folk and world music. We will
maintain our relationship with numerous world class international artists and ensembles, including Mark
Padmore, Steven Osborne, the Doric String Quartet, Schubert Ensemble, the Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment, and the Britten Sinfonia, whilst developing new relationships with other leading artists and
ensembles including Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque and English Touring Opera.
Nurturing young talent and forming ongoing relationships with artists at the start of their careers is an
extremely important part of our work. The Young Artist programme will continue to support around 12
performances per year and will offer two week-long residencies, involvement in school workshops through
the Wider Opportunities scheme, and lunchtime concerts devoted to young artists (e.g. Berkeley Ensemble,
Michael Petrov and Alexandra Deriescu).
Creative Learning Programme
Our key priority now is to focus on audience refreshment and development so that we can continue to offer a
high quality programme to our core audience whilst introducing new artists and formats, and providing ways
for new audience members and young people in particular to engage for the first time.
During 2013 we undertook a review of our Creative Learning outreach work with a view to refocussing it on
better integration with the core artistic programme. The result of this work is a three year development plan
for this area of work covering the following areas:
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Youth-led Programming: to develop the offer for young people, a Young Curators Programme is being
developed in 2014 for roll out in 2015. This will lead to a series of events, or small festival of music for
and by young people. This work will build on models of best practice and delivery devised by some of
our existing and new key strategic partners, and will support young people in their work towards Arts
Award.
Schools Concerts – these will be drawn from the core artistic programme, incorporating repeats of
family concerts and other opportunities involving artists who are performing in the evening concert
series. We are discussing with English Touring Opera their ambition to programme a primary or special
school concert in spring 2015 that will form part of this programme.
Schools Projects – building on the long-term work that the OAE has been involved with via WMC in
local schools, we intend to extend this existing programme and work with more artists. It will incorporate
smaller-scale projects, including ‘primary live’ concerts, events produced through the core artistic
programme, as well as larger-scale events. Current plans include a WW1 project in autumn 2014; OAE
planned Water Cycle project taking place in summer 2016; Royal Ballet ‘Dance Dynamic’ a primary
school teacher CPD project programme linked to the Live Screening programme which will take place in
spring or summer 2015.
Work with children and adults with learning difficulties - we will continue to develop our existing
Special Schools Music Festival – developed through additional activity for the students through the year
both in the form of WMC visits and concerts and additional musician sessions in the schools. Zone Club
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– our monthly club for adults with learning difficulties will be developed through
visits to gigs at other venues (following a successful pilot in 2013) and further connection for participants
between clubs through their own protected website
Early Years work will be developed with a two year performance-based project from Spitalfields Music
with Strategic Touring support from Arts Council England. The project has CPD funding attached that
could embed work & provide a base from which to work following the initial programme. Key partners
will be Spitalfields Music and Bath Festivals, libraries / other community centers in the selected area
(potentially Bath & Trowbridge).
We are planning a dance collaboration project with the Royal Ballet (2015), commissioning a new
community opera and ways of further engaging students at Bath Spa University.
Role of Board Members
We have an active and engaged voluntary and non-executive Board led by a Chair with 10 other members
and we wish to recruit 3 additional voluntary non-executive Board members, including one who will assume
the role of Chair when the current incumbent steps down at the end of 2014. The specific Board roles that
we are seeking to fill are outlined below:
The Chair
We are seeking an inspirational Chair to work closely with the Executive Director and Artistic Director to lead
the organisation through its next stage of development. The Chair must have a strong interest in the arts
(not necessarily music) and be committed to the objectives of Wiltshire Music Centre. Ideally the Chair
should be well networked in the local and regional area and have a strong interest in supporting the profile
raising and fundraising activities of the Centre. In particular the Chair must be able to:
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Harness the skills and experience of the Board to the benefit of WMC and Chair four Board meetings
a year, generally held at the Centre.
Shape the strategic direction of the organisation and take a leadership role in the development and
implementation of the business plan.
Line-manage the Executive Director and act as a sounding board and guide to support them in their
role in leading the staff team.
Ensure appropriate governance and lead the Board in carrying out its legal, financial, employment
and other responsibilities
Act as an ambassador for the Centre and bring a range of high level contacts and networks in
supporting the work and profile of WMC
Fundraising Board Trustee
We are seeking a Board trustee who can support and oversee the fundraising work of the Centre. Each year
the Centre needs to raise c£200,000 to support is core and education and participation work. This comes
from sponsorship, private individuals and trusts and foundations. This area of work is led by the Executive
Director with a part time professional Fundraising Manager and an administrative assistant. Freelance
consultants are also used for corporate sponsorship work and to provide high level expertise. This area of
work has been developed significantly in the last few years and the aim is to continue to develop expertise
and achievements in this area.
The role of the Board Trustee with responsibility in this area will be to:
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Shape the fundraising strategy of WMC and act as a sounding board for the Executive Director and
Fundraising Manager in developing and implementing this.
Chair the Income Development Group and shape it’s make-up with the Fundraising Manager.
Support fundraising events along with other Board Trustees
Bring a range of high level contacts and networks to the Centre and nurture and develop key
relationships along with the Fundraising Manager
Marketing Board Trustee
We are seeking a Board trustee who can support and oversee the marketing activity of the Centre. There is
an active marketing strategy in place aimed at raising the profile of the institution in general and marketing
the specific concert seasons each year. This area of work is led by the Marketing Manager with support from
the Box Office Supervisor and a freelance PR consultant.
The role of the Board trustee with responsibility in this area will be to
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Shape the marketing strategy of WMC and act as a sounding board for the Marketing Manager in
developing and implementing this.
Bring a range of knowledge and experience of marketing activities in other types of business that
may have relevance to WMC
Provide advice and guidance to the Marketing Manager in implementing marketing plans
Board Trustee Duties
The Chair and all the Board trustees must be willing to:
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Attend and contribute to 4 Board meetings each year, normally held at the Music Centre in Bradford
on Avon and currently on Friday afternoons.
Support the staff within their particular area of expertise
Support the artistic policy objectives of the Centre, with specialist knowledge if appropriate
Understand the legal and financial responsibilities of Board members
Understand the Centre’s financial accounts and other management tools
Act as an ambassador for the Centre
Maintain and use personal knowledge of the corporate and individual networks in the Centre’s
catchment area and wider region
Use professional business and / or arts networks to the benefit of the Centre
Participate in the Board Development Programme and undertake training if required .
Essential skills, experience and qualities
The Chair and all the Board trustees must:
 Have at least three years experience working at senior management or partner level in an
organisation or at least three years professional experience of arts fundraising or marketing at a
significant level as a senior manager or consultant, or other relevant professional arts experience or
at least three years relevant experience as a professional arts practitioner
 Demonstrate a close empathy with the aims and objectives of the Wiltshire Music Centre
 Have an active interest in and commitment to live music of all genres
 Have the ability to think and plan strategically and a commitment to the successful delivery of the
Trust’s Business Plan
 Be a team player with excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, comfortable in
appearing in a wide range of public forums
 Have leadership and visionary skills that complement the Executive Director and Artistic Director’s
skills
 Provide access to a range of people of means and influence in areas relevant to the Trust and the
willingness to use these networks to advocate for and promote the interests of the Trust
How to apply
If you would like to have an informal, confidential conversation with David Pratley (current Chair) or Clare
Jack (Executive Director), please call Clare on 01225 860110 to arrange this. If you would like additional
information such as audited accounts, recent brochures and annual reviews please request these by
telephone or email [email protected] giving your postal address.
Application is by CV and a supporting statement outlining the reasons for your interest in the post and why
you believe yourself to be suitable. Please include full contact details including daytime and evening
telephone numbers.
Please send your application by email to [email protected] or by post to Clare Jack, Wiltshire
Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DZ attaching the equal opportunities
monitoring form included in this pack. The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 September 2014.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in October 2014.
Equal Opportunities
Wiltshire Music Centre is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and inclusion across the
organisation’s work. To achieve this, the organisation understands and approaches diversity in its broadest
and inclusive sense. This includes differences defined by social and cultural categories including gender,
religion, sexual orientation, disability, ‘race’ and age.
The organisation further acknowledges differences that cut across social and cultural categories but are
equally significant to equality of opportunity and inclusion such as health, education, economic and
material disadvantage.
Equal Opportunities and Diversity monitoring form (2 pages) – please return with your application
Recruitment and selection procedures are monitored to ensure that individuals are selected on merit and
that there is no unfair treatment. This data is collected solely for equality monitoring and will not be used
as part of the selection process.
Your reply will be treated in confidence (this sheet will be removed before any assessment of your
application takes place). You are under no obligation to answer all the questions below.
Position applied for: ..................................................................................................
How did you hear about the role?:.........................................................................
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Age
How old are you? (please circle):
Under 20 20-29
30-39 40-49
50-59 60+ Prefer not to say ……….
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Disability
In general, a person is considered disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 if he or she has a
physical or mental impairment which has a substantial, long-term and adverse effect on his or her ability to
carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Do you consider yourself to have a disability? (please circle):
Yes
No
Prefer not to say ……….
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Gender
Are you (please circle):
Female
Male
Prefer not to say ……….
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Sexual orientation
Which sexual orientation category best represents you? (please circle):
Lesbian
Gay
Bisexual
Heterosexual
Prefer not to say ……….
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Religious belief
Do you have a religious belief? If so, please state what it is:
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Monitoring Ethnicity
Please select the ethnic category that best represent you. As you make your decision, please think about
what ethnic group means to you, that is, how you see yourself. Your ethnicity is a mixture of culture,
religion, skin colour, language and the origins of yourself and your family. It is not the same as nationality.
A White
British
Any other White background, please state .............................................................................
-------------------------------------------B Asian or Asian British
Bangladeshi
Indian
Pakistani
Any other Asian background, please state ...................................................................
---------------------------------------------C Black or Black British
African
Caribbean
Any other Black background, please state ..................................................................
---------------------------------------------D Chinese or other ethnic group
Chinese
Any other, please state .............................................................................
----------------------------------------------E Mixed Heritage
Asian and White
Black African and White
Black Caribbean and White
Chinese and White
Any other Mixed background, please state .............................................................................
F Prefer not to say ……….
Thank you – please include this form with your application
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