19 Feb 2019

NYMAZ is recruiting Young Trustees

Are you an open minded, positive thinking team player with a willingness to learn and a passion for the musical development of young people?

NYMAZ is seeking motivated and dynamic individuals between the ages of 18-25 who are passionate about music and want the voices of young people to be heard.

We want your fresh perspective and help to make a real contribution to the effectiveness of this vibrant charity, ensuring it is prepared for the future by supporting others in their involvement with the arts, and giving back to the community.

Who are we?
NYMAZ is a youth music charity, which actively engages children and young people and brings them together through music. Working with our partners, we deliver quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire to those in challenging circumstances, including rural isolation. We are proud to be pioneers in online musical learning through our programme Connect: Resound. We are also committed to training musicians, working together with other organisations and shouting about the benefits of music-making.

NYMAZ is at an exciting stage of its development. We have been selected as one of thirteen organisations funded by Youth Music from 2018 onwards to form the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, with the opportunity to deliver targeted music and training activities so that every child can access high quality music-making opportunities, regardless of their circumstances. Find out more about us by looking through our website.

Why become a trustee?
Currently only 0.8% of trustees in the UK are under the age of 25, and NYMAZ wants to challenge this by recruiting young people with ideas and enthusiasm to help bring about change. This is a huge opportunity to contribute to shaping positive futures for children and young people with the least opportunity, especially those in rurally-isolated areas.

As a young trustee, you can make a real difference that can help countless others realise and achieve their musical potential, develop new skills and help them in their future careers. Being a trustee will provide you with insight into how charities are run and developed, as well as providing a platform to get actively involved in discussions about future projects, directly contributing to NYMAZ’s work, as well as offering you valuable transferable skills for future employment.

What does it involve?
You will be expected to attend four meetings a year. We ask you to commit to a full year’s term or more. This is a voluntary position, but you will have travel reimbursed. Trustees are involved in governance and strategic guidance but not in the delivery of operations. Their role is to ensure the charity is successfully delivering its aims and objectives. NYMAZ will support all new trustees through a process of induction, training and mentoring. You do not need to be based in North Yorkshire.

Interested? Get in touch!
We welcome applicants from people of all backgrounds and cultures. We are an inclusive organisation and can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, interviews, training sessions and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the individuals we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get in touch and let us know.

To arrange an informal discussion with NYMAZ, please email sarah@nymaz.org.uk.

You can choose to apply in writing or by sending us a video, whichever you prefer.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 20 March 2019

What do others have to say?

“As a young trustee, you can make a real difference that can help countless others achieve their dreams. Being involved on the board of your cultural organisation is an incredible opportunity grab it while you can!”

Jason Cheung, Roundhouse Young Trustee*

“As a creative young person, I’ve found it ever more important to have the courage to express my ideas, thoughts and goals. Being given a platform and an opportunity to take responsibility for the things I want to achieve has been vital for my first steps towards being an adult and a professional.”

Tyler Edwards, Participant, Wired4Music*

*Quotes taken from Guided by Young Voices, a useful guide to young trusteeship

What our beneficiaries say about NYMAZ:

“It has helped me develop my musical ability and knowledge a lot. Without it I wouldn’t be half the musician I am today.” Project participant

“I have always regarded music and music-making as highly valuable but in our area the opportunities had not been great until this project.”  Parent of participant

“The Year 9 boys became part of a spontaneous group improvisation that developed out of a (NYMAZ) interactive concert. It was one of the most magical moments of my teaching experience. Every boy was involved in something musical and very special.” Teacher

Further information about the role and how to apply

Trustee Duties include:

• Attending meetings four times a year (one every 3 months, usually in March, June, September and December). Meeting last between 1½ and 2 hours. We are flexible in scheduling meeting times, to reflect the availability of trustees. We usually meet in Harrogate or York.
• Read meeting papers before meetings.
• Maintain contact with NYMAZ staff, providing your opinion on particular matters as required.
• Participate in appropriate training / learning opportunities offered through NYMAZ
• Attend NYMAZ events and be an ambassador for the charity

We will support all new trustees through a process of induction, training and mentoring.

The positions are voluntary and unpaid.

Young Trustees can choose between serving a full-term of 3 years or be co-opted for one whole term (one year).

NYMAZ will reimburse travel expenses for Young Trustees to attend Board meetings.

Essential requirements:

• Be 18-25 years of age
• Have a passion for the development of music for children and young people
• Have a desire to encourage engagement for young voices in the community
• Have time to fulfil the role effectively
• Be able to listen, ask questions about the charity’s work and ask for help when needed
• Be a team player
• Be open-minded, willing to learn, and develop confidence

Application is by a letter (max. 1 side A4) or short two-minute video, outlining why you want to be a Trustee and how you feel your skills and experiences would benefit NYMAZ. Please email your letter/video link along with your CV to Sarah at: sarah@nymaz.org.uk

Applicants should read the following Charity Commission guidance on the role of Charity Trustees, their main duties and legal obligations. This available here.

For support on writing a CV:

National Careers Service
BBC guidance 

Further information about NYMAZ:

NYMAZ Annual Review 2017-18
Charity Overview of NYMAZ on the Charity Commission website.
NYMAZ’s latest Annual Trustees’ Report and Accounts on the Charity Commission website.
• Find out more about NYMAZ here.
• Our current projects
• Our professional networks
• Our trustees


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