City of Bristol

Open Up Music

Open Up Music are seeking awesome individuals to join our Board of Trustees and help us ensure that orchestras are accessible to disabled young musicians.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

Open Up Music is a national charity, with a simple mission: to ensure that orchestras are accessible to disabled young musicians. We believe that orchestras should belong to everyone. Unfortunately, for the most part, disabled representation within orchestral players, composers, staff teams and audiences continues to be an unrealised opportunity.

Since 2007, Open Up Music has supported the musical development of hundreds of the UK’s most marginalised young musicians. Through our innovative, award-winning programmes we empower disabled young people to radically redefine the ideas of “The Orchestra”, tackling inequality, inspiring new instruments and creating new musical forms for the 21st century.

Our programmes include the ‘National Open Youth Orchestra’ - the worlds first disabled-led national youth ensemble and ‘Open Orchestras’ a national network of over 40 special school orchestras. These programmes are also underpinned by an ongoing R&D programme creating a new generation of accessible musical instruments; and the commissioning of new repertoire that expresses the musical identities of young disabled musicians.

Our programmes are delivered in partnership with some of the UK’s most preeminent arts and cultural organisations, Music Education Hubs and educational institutions. Together, we are challenging the disabling barriers that orchestras present to disabled people to create a world where orchestras are open to everyone.

The role

Enquiries from individuals who identify as disabled are particularly welcome, as we strive to ensure that our charity is led by the community we serve. We are looking for awesome people with experience in the following areas: music education, orchestras, disability arts, income generation, marketing and legal. We especially need to appoint someone with experience of corporate or charity finance as Treasurer for the charity.

Skills and knowledge required for the role

  • Div/Inc
  • Fin Mgmt
  • Fndrs
  • HS
  • HR
  • Legal
  • Mrkt/Coms
  • Org Dev
  • Acnt

Additional information

We will interview candidates on January 15th 2020, either in person or remotely via phone or video. If you would like to discuss other accessible formats, please do get in touch.

Candidates will be invited to observe a Board meeting on March 23rd 2020 and existing Trustees will vote on new members at our AGM on April 28th 2020.

For more information, including role descriptors, please refer to the attached documents.

If you are interested in joining the Open Up Music family, please send an expression of interest letting us know how your experience might support our work along with a copy of your CV.

Supporting documents

Closing date for applications

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