Music Alive Trustee Information

Music Alive is looking for wise, skilled and informed pepole to serve as Trustees to meet the large but realistic challenge to turn the fortunes of the charity around.  In potential new Trustees, Management / HR / Marketing / Financial or Administrative skills are desirable as well as the perspective of people with a good awareness of the issues that impact disabled people.  Different trustees will be different skills and knowledge and we’re looking for a team of up to 8 to try and cover all bases.  There are considerable resources available to Trustees including Voluntary Action Swindon, The Involve network and many more agencies online (see links below).  Debbie has served on the Sound Sense Trustee board, supported Music Alive’s Trustees since 2002 and will become a Trustee herself at our AGM on the 19th October.  Being a Trustee is a long term goal if unaccustomed to the role but one eventually gets the hang of it.  Its about ensuring that Music Alive acts in the best interest of our target beneficiaries whilst taking sustainable and inspiring decisions.

Collaboratively reviewing the situation and exploring potential options via remote communications and quarterly meetings are the main requirement of a Trustee.   These enable Trustees to set objectives as well as oversee policy and developments.  Specific roles will vary reflecting the skill sets and availability of the individual Trustee.  Performing as many functions as possible on a voluntary basis is the most sustainable approach to Music Alive’s continuation however some functions of the organisation are much better delivered by paid professionals. Trustees who are able to closely engage with MA”s work are very much encouraged to but this is not essential.  Our highly skilled services work best when available consistently and reliably so funding applications have and are being made to pay workers to do this.  Nobody will be contracted to work for significant amounts until funding exists to be able to guarantee renumeration.

Music Alive currently only has 3 Trustees (see Meet the team) and 2 will resign at our imminent AGM (one to resolve conflict of interests and one to be able to devote sufficient attention to the other charity of which he’s a Trustee).  Debbie Wolfsohn who founded the charity with inaugural Trustees and has been an employee since 2002 will become a new Trustee with up to 6 others at the same meeting.

Various challenges in the last year have led to the threat of closure which has been diverted by making all paid staff redundant.  This action enables Music Alive to reboot afresh, better fit to realise its charitable objectives. It also gives a much better chance of attracting funds by reporting ‘going concern’ instead of ‘imminent closure’ in the 2016/17 Annual Report. .  We still don’t know if the best option for Music Alive will be to partner or merge with another charity or to continue in its own right but there is now time to identify the right solution.

We have fantastic resources, housed in a great place.  There are significant number of beneficiaries and volunteers who value our services highly and are extremely keen to participate in future activities.  Whilst most music sessions will cease temporarily from the 29th September 2017 due to Debbie’s redundancy, our music room and resources are still available to some disabled people thanks to volunteers.

Skills already available on the new board include:

Parenting a child with a disability;

Significant music business experience;

Nearly 3 decades of experience in how disabled people can access music making and appreciation and how this achieved in a wide variety of contexts;

Nearly 3 decades of experience of charitable work in this arena;

Over 15 years experience in fundraising and managing a charity;

Information about Music Alive

See the ‘reports’ page for Music Alive’s governing document, links to our entries on the Charities Commission and Companies House as well as links to our Annual Reports.  The link to the reports page is given to potential and existing funders and like this page isn’t available from a menu on our website.

About being a Trustee

The Charities Commission gives useful advice on the 6 main duties that a Trustee has and more detailed information in ‘The Essential Trustee

Reach Volunteering describes 12 essential roles of a board and model role descriptions