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We are always interested in hearing from people who want to get involved and contribute to the growth and the development of the Abram Wilson Foundation.
Role Title – Abram Wilson Foundation Trustee
Duration of term – 2 years (with the option to extend for a further year)
Maximum number of terms – 2
Salary – Voluntary
Application procedure – Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your experience and why you’re interested in becoming an AWF trustee. We’d then love to meet you so please let us know when you’re available.
Founded in 2012, the Abram Wilson Foundation (AWF) is inspired by the late, great Abram Wilson and the values he embodied as both a critically acclaimed, award winning musician and an inspiring educator. His legacy and spirit live on in our work and those who are proud to have called him their teacher and mentor. In his short life, Abram achieved greatness. The Foundation exists to help others do the same.
The Abram Wilson Foundation supports young people to become the greatest version of themselves through music.
What do we aim to do?
- To equip young people with 21st century skills
Engagement in the arts helps develop key skills such as creativity and confidence – skills that are crucial for young people to thrive in and adapt to the rapid-paced change of 21st century society.
- To improve access to the arts
Since 2010 the arts have been squeezed out of the curriculum risking a two-tier system where those from underprivileged backgrounds continue to be deprived access to a creative education and/or career. We want to address this inequality and help make the arts accessible for all.
- To help support the future of music in the UK
Through our growing music platform, we are helping to launch the careers of talented up and coming musicians.
How do we do it?
- Creative workshops in schools combining music with drama, dance and creative writing
- Training for teachers to help them teach more creatively
- Mentoring for talented, up and coming musicians
- Training for our mentees to become workshop leaders
- Live performances in the form of showcase events, gigs and touring
Who do we work with?
- Disadvantaged young people between 11-16 years with little or no engagement in the arts
- Talented up and coming musicians in the early to mid-stages of their careers
What do we mean by greatness?
- Developing skills under our 5Cs: creativity, confidence, collaboration, communication and critical thinking
- Succeeding in a full-time sustainable creative career
What role does music play?
In the spirit of Abram we take our inspiration from jazz. The vast majority of our artists are trained in jazz and are inspired by everything from New Orleans, folk, afrobeat, hip-hop/grime, and Latin influences.
How do we make our work sustainable?
We aim to emulate the lessons we learned from Abram, an artist who was as much dedicated to his career as a professional musician as he was to passing his knowledge on to the next generation and inspiring his students to have the confidence to thrive and succeed. Since 2012 we have been laying the foundations for a Lifelong Learning Model where we build an ever-increasing cohort of artists and educators who remain engaged with AWF throughout their careers, feeding back into our work by acting as role models, mentors and educators and in turn ‘recycling their greatness’.
So you’re interested in becoming an AWF trustee?
Our trustees have an overarching responsibility for directing the affairs of AWF, ensuring that it is solvent, well run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been established.
In other words our trustees are a small but beautifully formed group of like minded individuals with different skills sets and networks which they use to help propel AWF forwards. They are philanthropic, passionate and proactive and we are looking for similar individuals to join them.
In summer 2017 our two remaining original trustees will be stepping down to make way for an injection of new ideas, experience and background joining Fred Bolza, Vice President of Strategy at Sony Music and Sharan Jaswal, Education Director at award winning financial education charity, MyBnk.
As one of our new trustees you will be excited by the idea of working for a small arts foundation and having a hands on role in its growth, development and success as we relaunch and begin the next five years of our journey.
You will become part of a very special community of supporters, young people and artists and you will regularly feel inspired by the difference you will make to our beneficiaries. If this sounds like the kind of thing you’d like to be part of then we’d love to hear from you!
Read on below for a full list of trustees duties and responsibilities.
Trustee duties and responsibilities are to:
- Determine the overall direction and development of AWF through good governance and clear strategic planning
- Use any specific knowledge, skills or experience to support the Founder & CEO in the delivery of AWF’s strategic goals
- Commit to an annual donation to AWF that is within their financial means
- Work with the Founder & CEO in meeting annual fundraising targets by assisting in fundraising activities and helping AWF strengthen its networks
- Ensure that AWF does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and remains true to its mission
- Promote AWF, its activities and facilitate opportunities to enhance our profile
- Ensure that AWF complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator
- Maintain confidentiality about all aspects of Trustee business
- To be collectively accountable to key stake holders and strive for best practice in governance
- Act with integrity, and avoid any conflicts of personal interest or misuse of AWF funds or assets
- Use AWF funds and assets reasonably and only in the furtherance of its charitable objects
- Avoid undertaking activities that might place AWF’s endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk
- Consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to AWF, or where you may be in breach of your duties
- Commit to a minimum of six yearly meetings including quarterly trustee meetings
- Meet with our relevant teams, committees and networks to provide an opportunity to share ideas about the direction of AWF and help it grow
- Attend AWF’s events and endeavour to be a visible member of our community