Trustee Advert 2019

August 27, 2019 in All Opportunities, featured, Opportunity, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

Would you like to be part of shaping how new music is supported and championed in Scotland?

New Music Scotland is a network of artists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, creators, music educators, sound artists, musicians, producers, promoters and anyone who believes in the importance and value of creating new music in Scotland. We exist to connect, enable and support makers of innovative and experimental new music and our members help drive how we do that.

We believe that new music comes from many different cultural traditions and musical practices; what brings us all together is our passion for and belief in the intrinsic value of new music creation for individuals and society as a whole.

Job Description

This is an exciting time to join us and contribute to shaping a bold and inclusive new strategy to support new music makers, performers and promoters to thrive and prosper. We are seeking people who are prepared to work with us to champion new music in Scotland by helping NMS to achieve its vision and objectives.

As a trustee of NMS you will have the opportunity to provide leadership and direction, working with a team to make the decisions that really matter. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about new and innovative music, are strategic thinkers and confident networkers with strong advocacy skills; a willingness to speak your mind and ability to work effectively as part of a team and take decisions on behalf of the organisation.

We would particularly, but not exclusively, welcome applications from people with experience in any of the following areas:

Accounting (in the charity sector)                      Law (media, copyright, HR, charity and/or contract)

Marketing/PR (specifically for new music)         HR (public sector experience)

Risk management (public sector experience)   Fundraising (specifically for new music)


This role is unremunerated although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.  There are four Board meetings per year plus one development day and a minimum commitment of eight days per annum is required. Meetings usually take place within the central belt, but attendance via Skype is always an option. In addition to Board meetings other contact by email or telephone may be necessary.

Candidates will need to share our deep commitment to the support and development of new and innovative music in Scotland. If you would like to join us in building a vibrant and thriving new music sector and can devote approximately half a day per month in a voluntary capacity, please contact Nicola Henderson ( for more information.


NMS Vision

NMS was set up to help generate a vibrant and thriving new music sector, which will contribute to making Scotland an international leader in contemporary creative music practice. It exists to connect, enable and support makers of innovative and experimental new music:  musicians, sound artists, composers, promoters and producers in Scotland. NMS will create and maintain a supportive environment for innovation.

Its aims are as follows:To bring together makers who are either wholly or partially engaged in creating/performing new and innovative music and sound, and promoting organisations;

  • To establish and maintain communication mechanisms for new music in Scotland;
  • To encourage and facilitate collaboration with other art-forms and sectors;
  • To provide a supportive environment for innovation in music and sound;
  • To actively campaign for the commissioning and programming of new music;
  • To increase the awareness and profile of new music in Scotland, both nationally and internationally;
  • To explore and disseminate new ways of developing audiences for new music.

Duties of the Trustees

The role of the Board, in its simplest form, is to act in the interests of the organisation and its members and to ensure that the organisation acts in a manner which is in accordance with its purposes.

The duties of a trustee board member are to:

  • Ensure that NMS complies with its governing document (constitution), charity law and any other relevant legislation.
  • Ensure that NMS pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure that NMS applies its resources in pursuance of its objects i.e. not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be.
  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees role in giving strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of NMS
  • Ensure the financial stability of NMS
  • (protect and manage the property of the organisation and to) ensure the proper investment of the organisations funds.
  • (if the organisation employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his or her performance or to monitor the performance of other staff managed by the board or board members).

In addition to the above statutory duties each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have, to help the board of trustees make sound decisions.

The ability to apply the principles and practice of corporate governance and an understanding of the role of non-executive directors is also essential.

Each trustee must have:

  • A strong and visible passion and commitment to the aims of NMS and its strategic objectives and cause
  • Experience of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong networking capability
  • A balance of tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort