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UniBrass to recruit new trustees

Friday 23 August, 2019

The UniBrass Foundation is recruiting for individuals to join the board of trustees to help continue UniBrass's award-winning innovative work in the university band sector.

In 2014, against the backdrop of ever-increasing participation in the annual UniBrass contest, a decision was made to form a new registered charity. That charity, the UniBrass Foundation, was established to ensure the continuing stability of the UniBrass contest (now in its tenth year), and to support brass banding at the university level. The UniBrass Foundation is now looking for a new trustee, and it could be you!

What does the charity do?

The UniBrass Foundation engages with the brass community in a variety of ways. Its biggest commitment is supporting the UniBrass contest organising committee, but recently it has also hosted other events, such as this year’s UniBrass in the Park. It also helps out at other brass contests throughout the year, which have previously included the National Championships and Youth Championships. The charity aims to support and promote university bands in all that they do, as well as engaging the wider public in university brass bands of all levels. The foundation hopes that by pursuing these objectives it will get more younger players involved in brass bands than ever before. To facilitate this, the charity is currently in the process of expanding the work it does through a range of new projects and partnerships.

How does the trustee board work?

The trustee board is primarily made up of ex-members of the contest organising committee, but with vacancies on its trustee board the decision has been taken to also recruit externally. Chair of the Board of Trustees, Andy Straiton commented: “We know there are lots of people in the brass banding community and beyond who are keen to support the work UniBrass does, and lots of people will be able to offer a range of skills that can help continue the success achieved so far by UniBrass. If you are at all interested, please have a chat to one of the current trustees!”

How can you apply?

Applications are now open, but not just to students and alumni! Everyone is encouraged to consider applying if they’re keen to continue supporting the ever-growing student brass band community. Being a trustee offers an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of university brass banding. In particular, the foundation is keen to hear from people with commercial experience, ideally within the arts sector. Whether the experience is in securing corporate sponsorship, successfully applying for grants or simply being involved in professional music making, if you have that experience the foundation wants to hear from you.

To apply please complete this google form - - and submit a CV highlighting any relevant experience to The deadline for applications is the 31 October.

Being a Trustee FAQs

What does being a trustee mean?

As a trustee you have legal responsibility for ensuring the charity meets its charitable aims as outlined in the constitution. This involves attending meetings of the trustee board and running projects to support university banding. Other duties required of trustees will depend what responsibilities you take on as a trustee; the role will evolve around the successful applicant to work to their strengths.

Does this involve running the UniBrass contest?

No - a separate organising committee runs the contest. The foundation oversees the work this committee does, as well as running other projects. However, it is expected that you’ll volunteer to help out at the contest each year.

What is the legal responsibility of a trustee?

As a trustee you take a share of the legal responsibility for the decisions the charity makes. There is lots of guidance available, and the foundation makes sure that all trustees understand the legal ramifications before it takes a decision. If you want to find out more, we have found the following guide really useful:

What is the time commitment of being a trustee? 

Typically we have four full day face-to-face meetings a year, along with online meetings approximately once a month. You should be able to attend most of these (especially the face to face meetings) and then put in some extra work on top of this (approx one to two hours per week). We understand your time commitments vary and we therefore all work together to ensure that if you’re busy for a while other people will help out with any tasks you have.

Will I be paid for being a trustee?

No - it is a voluntary position. However, you will be reimbursed for expenses occurred whilst carrying out your duties as a trustee.

Can anyone be a trustee?

No. Whilst most people are eligible, there are some people who are not, for example if they have serious criminal convictions or have been disqualified from being a company director. See the charity commission website for more details

What is the appointment process?

To apply, complete and submit this google form application - - and email a CV detailing any relevant experience to The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 October 2019. After this all applications will be reviewed by a panel of UniBrass Foundation trustees. Suitable candidates will be invited to a short face-to-face interview with a panel of trustees during November (provisionally scheduled for the 16/17th November). Following this the successful candidate will be offered a trusteeship and confirmed by a vote of the current trustees at the next meeting.

For any further questions please contact

What are we looking for?

The current trustees have drawn up the following person specification for a new trustee.


The successful candidate is likely to meet almost all of the following criteria:

• Can demonstrate an active participation in music that goes above and beyond simply playing an instrument

• Can demonstrate clear support of the foundation’s charitable aims

• Can dedicate a reasonable amount of time to the role, including set dates provided well in advance, in line with our trustee expectations

• Can work as an effective member of the trustee board

• Confident in using ICT to enable remote working


The successful candidate is likely to have experience in one or more of the following. Multiple trustee positions are available.

• Working in commercial music

• Marketing music events/organisations

• Success in grant applications (ideally for arts causes)

• Building business to business relationships, ideally including securing commercial sponsorship

• Financial competency

• Experience of project management and execution, ideally within the arts sector

• Knowledge and understanding for non-profit business models