Published on 23/01/17

By MICHAEL MCCARTHY

 

Are you interested in becoming a Music Theatre Wales board member?

Trustee Recruitment 2017

We are seeking trustees to join our board.

Background

Music Theatre Wales is the UK’s leading contemporary opera company, commissioning new works and creating new productions of existing masterpieces which we tour to venues across the UK. Ever since the company’s formation in Cardiff in 1988, Music Theatre Wales has been recognised as a vital force in UK opera, presenting new work on an intimate scale that is characterised by the powerful impact it makes on audiences and artists alike. Our work is the best new work at this scale and arguably any scale and much of its impact derives from the quality of the work commissioned and selected, and the flair and integrity with which it’s performed. See www.musictheatre.wales for information about who we are and what we do.

Music Theatre Wales receives revenue funding from the Arts Council of Wales, and regularly seeks lottery support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme. On top of this, we aim to raise in the region of £100,000 a year through fundraising from private sources (trusts and individuals) and success in this area is vital to the company’s viability.

To build a strong, sustainable future in a world that is changing culturally and economically, we need to further develop and challenge the art form whilst remaining true to the high level of achievement for which we are internationally acclaimed. This will involve exploring the widest range of methods and locations in order to bring the work to increasingly diverse audiences. We need to find new ways of making and performing work, with new artists in new places and for new audiences. This can only happen if we build a flexible and wide-ranging practice, strengthening our core activity and embracing new creation and performance options and new engagement opportunities that will enable us to reach out to new artists and new audiences.

Trustees

As we embark on this exciting next phase in our development, we are looking for up to three additional trustees to join the existing board of 10. We welcome interest from prospective Trustees from diverse backgrounds and communities.

The board holds four formal meetings a year, one of which includes the AGM, and aims to hold a board away-day roughly once every two years.

All positions are voluntary and unpaid but out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

We are looking for Trustees who will see the beyond the horizon as well as the detail; who will provoke, encourage and facilitate staff in a way that helps nurture and nourish the on-going and developing governance needs of the charity.

We are therefore inviting applications from individuals with experience and expertise in the following key development areas:

  1. Arts, arts funding, arts education and arts programming - if you have worked in the arts and have an understanding of how programming works, how partnerships and artistic collaborations are developed and managed, how arts organisations can maximise funding opportunities, then we would like to hear from you
  2. Business, finance and accountancy - if you have broad business experience but particularly understand financial matters, have an understanding of management issues, organisational structures and how to develop people within organisations, then we would like to hear from you;
  3. Marketing and communications – we have a great story to tell about the adventurous and dynamic work we produce. If you have experience in marketing, communications and audience development, you can help us share our story with the world and build audiences for our live performance work
  4. Fundraising – if you have understanding/experience of securing private support for arts organisations, and think you could bring a fresh perspective to our fundraising plans and strategy, and support the organisation’s fundraisers (the Chief Executive and Artistic Director), we’d like to hear from you
  5. Public engagement and social outcomes – if you have experience of working to tackle cultural poverty and reaching out to people who are disadvantaged and disengaged, you may be able to help us develop our vision and our plans to tackle this challenging area for a specialist contemporary arts organisation, and we’d like to hear from you

Applications

If you are interested in becoming a trustee of Music Theatre Wales, please apply in writing, with a cover letter that clearly states how your background and experience would be suitable for the role and a current CV to carole@musictheatre.wales or by post to Carole Strachan, Chief Executive, Music Theatre Wales, Pascoe House, 54 Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5AF.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview and sent a package of further information about Music Theatre Wales and what being a Music Theatre Wales trustee involves. It is anticipated that new trustees will join the Board as soon as possible.

Closing date: 2 April 2017

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