• Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Scotland
  • Closing 1st August 2021

  • Advertised from 24th June 2021


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

New Music Scotland (NMS) is seeking to recruit a new Co-Chair to help shape the direction of the organisation. As a relatively small organisation with big ambitions, we are looking for an individual to work with our existing Co-Chair who will compliment and strengthen our Board of Trustees.

About NMS

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.

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.

Co-Chair Duties and Attributes

As New Music Scotland has recently become a registered charity (SCIO) 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. The person we are looking for will:

  • understand the new music sector,
  • understand what effective governance looks like,
  • is a strategic thinker,
  • is committed to the development and promotion of new music and its makers.
  • is a confident networker with strong advocacy skills

Duties of the Co-Chair

The role of the Co-Chair 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 are:

  • 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
  • Ensure the two staff roles are supported

The personal attributes are:

  • 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

In addition to the above statutory duties the Co-Chair 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.

This role is unremunerated. 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 or online. In addition to Board meetings other contact by email or telephone is necessary.

Application notes

Please register your interest by email to by Monday 1 August 2021 at 12:00.

NMS is an equal opportunities organisation. We are committed to ensuring that all roles and opportunities reflect the society we live in and therefore encourage applications from all diverse backgrounds and communities.

Especially welcoming applicants from individuals who are currently under-represented within the arts/music industry, including People from minority ethnic groups / BIPOC+ , Disabled and D/deaf people, the LGBTQI+ community, and those who have faced socio-economic barriers.