Chief Executive - Sound and Music - CLOSED

Posted 22 March 2023
Salary £62,000 - £72,000

Job description

​Sound and Music is the UK's national organisation for new music, and one of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations. They're for the people that make new music possible: they nurture composers (of all ages and backgrounds), inspire young people, advise and support educators, and engage new music fans and the wider sector through their online platforms. ­

Now coming up to their fifteenth birthday, they champion the full range of new music and the work of British composers and artists across all genres including contemporary classical music, sound art and electronic music. Sound and Music's annual Summer School for young music makers is a uniquely joyful celebration of creativity. And there’s more: they develop audiences, facilitate live performances, provide information and guidance, and play an enabling role in building strong national and international networks. Their work in championing diversity and equality, and in removing the barriers to access that many artists face, is internationally recognised and has been praised with an award.

It's a buzzing, creative and hugely rewarding place to bring your talents. The dedication and vision of their outgoing Chief Executive means that her successor will inherit an organisation with a proud track record, an exceptional reputation, and huge ambition for the next chapter. This is a pivotal role in new music both within the UK and internationally, and we are looking for a similarly special person to join them. In a sector that faces challenges, their rare blend of purpose, capacity and potential means they are looking forward with confidence.

We want to meet people with a distinctive combination of skills and experience. You may not currently be working in a new music context, but it’s essential that you bring both a strong and relevant network, and a deep personal insight into the power of creativity, including musicmaking. You’ll provide inspirational leadership, bringing to life Sound and Music's vision, mission and values and ensuring that they continue to maximise opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to create and enjoy new music.

Working alongside their expert and engaged board and an outstanding team, you’ll be a highly visible public advocate for them and their work, developing strategic partnerships and increasing Sound and Music's public and media profile. Entrepreneurial, innovative, emotionally intelligent and an instinctive exemplar of our culture and values, you’ll relish this once-in-a-generation opportunity to lead and develop a truly wonderful charity.

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