Become a Trustee

Become a Trustee of Deal Music & Arts Ltd

Job Summary
Deal Music and Arts is seeking two/three new Trustees who share our passion for the arts and for music and arts education within schools.

Job Description
We particularly encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences in order to achieve a more varied organisation.

Deal Music & Arts has been bringing the best in arts and culture to audiences in East Kent for nearly 40 years, and in that time we have welcomed many of the world’s greatest artists. Over four decades, we have evolved from a summer festival to a year-round organisation that produces and curates a summer festival and also supports a series of education programmes. We take pride in benefiting the cultural life and the local economy of East Kent.

Each summer we aspire to bring the highest standards of artistic experience to our sixteen-day festival while simultaneously supporting creativity within local and regional communities. We present events in a range of locations, from historic castles and gardens to art galleries, from theatres to ancient churches.

Outside the Festival we run a series of music and arts education programmes that reach into around a third of the schools in our area and we have developed a strong relationship with Goodwin Academy in Deal and Walmer. We have a Summer Music School, ‘Bold As’ which introduces young people to brass instruments, and we plan to start a major Music Centre for young people from the Dover District Council area in September 2021 with five separate programme strands.

We are a catalyst for arts partnerships, creating platforms for artistic collaboration, creativity and innovation, notably with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra whose Academy in the South East we will host from October 2021, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Purcell School, Kent Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and many others. It is an essential part of our mission to contribute to the social, economic and cultural regeneration of East Kent.

We are now seeking two/three new board members to join the current nine Trustees who oversee Deal Music and Arts’ strategy, finances, operations and governance, working in partnership with the artistic and management team. Like most institutions at present, DMA is reassessing future opportunities and making sure that the organisation develops the necessary flexibility to meet the likely challenges ahead, particularly in the wake of the Covid Pandemic.

New board members will have a passion for the arts, for music and arts education and be ready to play a full part in working with the experienced and highly-motivated board and management team in guiding DMA’s future.
Of particular interest will be candidates with skills and experience in the following areas:
• Diversity and equality
• Partnerships and outreach
• Legal supervision
• Arts Financial Management

Essential requirements:
• Commitment to the organisation and a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
• Good, independent judgement and strategic vision
• An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
• A deep commitment to promoting an equality and diversity that embraces race, class and gender
• An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
• An understanding of the respective roles of the Chair, Trustees and General Manager

How to apply:
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The deadline for applications is 14th November and interviews will be held on 25th and 26th November 2021.