Make a difference to the lives of 7,000 young people in Wandsworth, London through music education by becoming a trustee with focus on fundraising.
About Wandsworth Music
Wandsworth Music is the music education hub lead organistaion for Wandsworth. We aim to inspire enjoyment & excellence in music, in all its forms. Our vision is a borough where everyone has access to high quality music making, enhancing and enriching the cultural life of the community, and in particular, the aspirations of children and young people, especially those in financial need and challenging circumstances.
Wandsworth Music is a very popular service in the borough, both with schools and parents. During 2021, more than 7,000 children and young people were taught in schools and at the Wandsworth Music Academy.
The results of our work can be seen first-hand throughout the year; in concerts, festivals, rehearsals, tours and exams. Many children start their musical journey with the charity at the age of 5 and stay until they leave school at 18, or sometimes beyond. Several past students have gone onto become members of the music service teaching team.
In March 2023 we will be presenting our first concert at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London!
Wandsworth Music is in a stable financial situation. The charity receives ring-fenced funding from the Department for Education (DfE) via the Arts Council England. The grant represents about 25% of the charity’s income, with the rest coming from schools, parents and other sources.
As of March 2021, annual turnover was around £1,200,000 with capital reserves around £300,000.
About the Fundraising Trustee role
The charity’s board of trustees seek to appoint a trustee to lead on fundraising. The Board of Trustees plays a vital role in offering expertise, advice, support and advocacy to Wandsworth Music. We are passionately committed to raising the profile of high quality music making for children and young people across Wandsworth.
Through the appointment of a new fundraising trustee we hope to;
- Increase income for the charity to enable it to better serve the music educational needs of the children and young people in Wandsworth.
- Raise additional funds to increase opportunity and reduce financial barriers to participation. In particular this will ensure the charity works with a diverse range of people possible irrespective of disability, race, religion and social background, offering scholarships where appropriate to ensure no-one is excluded.
- Diversify the charity’s income streams, so it is less dependent on the current sources of revenue and would be more resilient in the case of any unexpected changes in its funding.
In doing so, this will address the perceived missed opportunity that the charity is not taking advantage of income streams available to it, such as local benefactors, Trusts and Foundations, companies, philanthropists, charity alumni, parents/guardians of pupils etc.
The roles is a volunteer position with no paid salary and entails:
- Attending 4 board of trustee meetings per year. Time commitment is 3 hours (typically evenings) every 3 months.
- Providing advice on strategy to improve the fundraising activity of the charity.
- Actively work on 1-2 projects per year, in consultation with the operational team lead by the Chief Executive Officer, to seek additional fundraising. Part of this is being available and responsive on e-mails and WhatsApp messages to respond to ad-hoc queries. Expected time commitment is cumulative effort of up 1 hour per week.
For clarity, the role is not an operational fundraiser with specific targets of fundraising to achieve. Instead, it is to provide thought leadership, advise on strategy and build a network of potential funders with aligned goals who would be interested in supporting the charity.
The role is hybrid working: meetings are jointly split between in-person meetings in Wandsworth, London and remote Zoom conference calls. The role would suit a candidate interested in music and wishing to apply their fundraising expertise to give back to the community of Wandsworth for the benefit of its children and young people.
Required Experience / Skills
The following experience and skills are mandatory for the role:
- Experience of fundraising in the charity or arts sector.
- A keen passion for music and the arts, especially in relation to music education for children and young people
- Strong communication skills and networking capabilities that can bring benefits to the charity
Desired Experience / Skills
The following experience and skills are desired and valued, but not mandatory for the role:
- Experience of working as part of a board of trustees or another committee
- Appreciation of the legal duties and responsibilities of being a charity trustee
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.