The role



Sound and Music is a well-run, purposeful and exciting place to work, which enjoys the respect of peer organisations and long-standing support from funders. Across all the main domains of organisational health – strategy, people, reputation, finance and governance – we score well.


Our new Chief Executive will therefore join a charity in great shape, with a fascinating and important opportunity to consolidate, build and extend our work in the next 5-10 years.

Income generation will always be a priority for our Chief Executive: a reduction in ACE grant this year reflected a wider reprofiling in arts funding nationally, and we have already begun to reshape our programme and profile to adapt. You’ll bring both experience and skill in developing new income streams, whether through traded activity, philanthropy or corporate support, and will work closely with the Board and partners to leverage access to new networks.

The strong, inclusive and supportive culture at Sound and Music is one of the most important achievements of the past decade, and we believe that it is one of the most significant factors in our success. It’s marked by high trust and high accountability, together with a deeply collaborative approach to our shared objectives. You’ll bring an emotionally intelligent, perceptive and generous personal style of leadership that values individuals, and inspires both loyalty and a willingness to go ‘above and beyond’ for the organisation.

Another element of our current high performance is that effective management is highly valued, so candidates should share our habits of good administration, attention to detail, delivery on time, a focus on statutory compliance and financial rigour. It’s likely that you will have held a comparable role in a smaller organisation, or led a significant team in a larger one, but we very much encourage aspiring candidates who may bring interesting new perspectives. Similarly, though an excellent contact book in the arts sector would be a definite asset, candidates who can demonstrate that they have achieved rapid and well-connected credibility in a different environment – and that they know how to do it again – are encouraged to apply.

We want a calm, purposeful leader, who inspires confidence and fosters innovation, and who can see the enormous potential to expand the parameters of what we do. Your personal commitment to the development of artistic participation and excellence, whether in music or other artforms, must be longstanding and tangible. As a visible exemplar of our philosophy and approach, you will need to be an excellent ambassador for, and amplifier of our purpose. You’ll relish the opportunity to share stories of our work and impact with new audiences, and to encourage them to become active supporters and advocates in their turn.