Recruiting New Chair of Trustees

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Recruiting New Chair of Trustees

Brighter Sound is looking for an exceptional candidate to join us as Chair of Trustees. As our ambitious music programme, reputation and reach continue to grow, you’ll play a pivotal role in the leadership and development of the organisation at an exciting and crucial time.

You will work closely with our Director and lead our incredible board of Trustees, carrying Brighter Sound into its next chapter.

As our new Chair you will share our passion for our mission and will inspire the Board and staff team to succeed in meeting our strategic objectives.

About Brighter Sound

Brighter Sound is a pioneering music charity based in central Manchester.

Our work paves the way for the music makers of the future, re-balancing the music landscape so that diversity and creativity can flourish and be celebrated.

Rooted in the North of England with national and international reach, we’ve delivered a programme of exciting, relevant, creative projects and events to support young and emerging musicians for 19 years, working with music makers from their early years to their early careers.

We’ve connected our participants with inspirational artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Beth Orton, Nadine Shah, Everything Everything, Anna Meredith, Imogen Heap, Bugzy Malone and Snarky Puppy. We also deliver a broad programme of grass-roots music making opportunities for children and young people, supporting inclusive music making as the regional strategic partner for Youth Music.

We are passionate about the political and social relevance of our work, leading and connecting to a wide range of steering groups and research projects across our specialisms.

Our company consists of 11 core staff, a network of freelance producers, musicians, workshop leaders, and a wide range of partners. We champion an approach that is collaborative, responsive, accessible and high quality, working in a supportive, fast-paced and creative environment.

Our thriving programme is constantly growing. Recent commissions include The Hexagon Experiment (Great Exhibition of the North 2018) and Manchester Hill Remembered (in partnership with Manchester City Council and Manchester Histories). This work complements our core programme of support for young and emerging musicians which includes Both Sides Now – our ground-breaking initiative to support gender equality in music.

Examples of our work

The Hexagon Experiment – commissioned by the Great Exhibition of the North 2018

Stealing Sheep’s Suffragette Tribute – artistic residency as part of Both Sides Now

Shiva Feshareki at Sounds Like THIS – artistic residency as part of Both Sides Now

Music at the Museum – young people’s residency led by Firefly Burning

About the role

The new Chair of Trustees will have the opportunity to engage with and provide leadership for our vibrant and creative organisation. Working with the Director/Chief Executive and Board of Trustees, you will lead and shape our strategy and ensure that Brighter Sound continues to play a significant and distinct role across the music landscape.

We are looking for someone who is excited and passionate about the work that Brighter Sound delivers, and who understands the value of creativity, and music’s ability to inspire, create a sense of wellbeing, connect and affect change.

You’ll help to establish Brighter Sound’s long-term viability and will be able to promote the organisation to a variety of stakeholders and broader audiences.

You will bring fresh thinking and new approaches and networks to the organisation and be able to expand the current reach of the executive team.

Specific objectives

The Chair of Brighter Sound will be responsible for:

  • representing Brighter Sound as a strong and passionate ambassador;
  • providing strategic leadership of the company;
  • building and developing the Board of Trustees;
  • leading the Board of Trustees and ensuring they fulfil their responsibilities;
  • acting as a driving, motivating force for Trustees;
  • preparing for and leading quarterly board meetings;
  • overseeing working sub-groups around specific areas of development;
  • supporting the Director/Chief Executive including line management;
  • supporting and growing our fundraising strategy and impact;
  • approving policy, strategy and plans and ensuring their implementation;
  • ensuring Brighter Sound meets its legal, financial and governance obligations.

Further information

We are keen to reflect at Board level the diversity of communities we serve and actively encourage applicants from all genders, ethnic, cultural, social and geographic backgrounds. Meeting times and locations are arranged with the access and/or additional needs of attendees in mind.

Information about applying

To apply please send an Expression of Interest and CV to by Friday 10 May, 5pm.

If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact:

Debra King – Director, Brighter Sound
0161 830 3899

A PDF version of this information can be downloaded here.