19 Feb 2019

NYMAZ is Seeking Trustees

NYMAZ is a youth music development charity which champions the transformative potential of music for children and young people. With a strong belief in the ability of music to change lives, we deliver high quality music-making activities across North Yorkshire through an established network of experienced partners. In parallel, we run professional networks which enable musicians and practitioners to develop their skills and learn from one another. Browse our website to find out more about what we do.

NYMAZ is seeking to augment its existing Board of Trustees by recruiting dynamic and committed individuals to steer governance and strategic development of the organisation. All applications will be considered, and you do not need to have a musical background, but we are particularly seeking those with experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Early Years
• Youth Voice
• Fundraising: trusts and foundations
• National / regional Music Education and Arts and Cultural Policy
• Working with Children in Challenging Circumstances*

*Challenging Circumstances can encompass anything from mental health issues, special educational needs and disabilities, rural isolation and economic deprivation.

NYMAZ has entered an exciting period of growth and development, and have been selected as one of thirteen organisations funded by Youth Music from 2018 onwards to form the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. This is an opportunity for the right people to join the Board and contribute to fulfilling our vision, that all young people in North Yorkshire have the opportunity to actively engage in music regardless of their circumstances. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, age groups and cultures. We want our Board to reflect the diversity of British society, and will help make this possible by: providing access support for people with disabilities; meeting in accessible venues; being flexible in scheduling meetings at different times of day; and covering travel expenses.


Commitment: Board Members are expected to attend 4-6 meetings per year (daytime/early evening in North Yorkshire) whilst reading all relevant papers and making personal preparation beforehand.

Essential requirements for all NYMAZ Board members:

• Have empathy with the aims of the organisation
• Have time to fulfil the role effectively
• Be able to listen, question and challenge
• Be a team player
• Be flexible, willing to learn, and open minded

Please note, this is a voluntary position.

For further information, please contact Sarah McWatt, Director, sarah@nymaz.org.uk

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.


Application is by letter, or short two-minute video, outlining how you would approach the trustee role and how you feel your skills and expertise would benefit NYMAZ. Please email your letter/video along with a CV to Sarah McWatt at: sarah@nymaz.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 20 March 2019

Young Trustees

We are also recruiting young trustees, aged 18-25. To find out more about this opportunity, please follow this link.

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

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.”


A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, number 7035894. Registered charity number: 1134287

NYMAZ is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff, partners and volunteers to share this commitment.

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