World class trustees wanted for our world class orchestra.
The Academy of Ancient Music is seeking new trustees following the retirement from the board of three long serving trustees. The most important attributes are an enthusiasm for our approach to music making, and energy to help the organisation develop. Applications from a wide variety of backgrounds are welcome. We would welcome candidates with a specific background in accountancy, the arts, and education but we are not prescriptive. We want to ensure a world class board to support our world class performers.
Who we are
Founded in 1973 by Christopher Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music thrills audiences across the world with historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical music.
The AAM is Associate Ensemble at London’s Barbican Centre and Orchestra-in-Residence at both the University of Cambridge and at The Grange Festival. The AAM has an unrivalled catalogue of more than 300 CDs, and is possibly the most broadcast ensemble of our size. It now additionally records on its own record label, reaching millions globally with countless accolades, including BRIT, Gramophone, Edison and MIDEM awards.
We have a unique approach to scholarship that marries insight and performance in new and exciting ways.
The Academy is now entering a very exciting phase. Alexander Van Ingen has just joined us from Decca Classics as our new Chief Executive, and we recently announced the appointment of our first Hogwood Fellow, the renowned scholar and performer Robert Levin. We have begun a new collaboration with The Grange Festival, whose inaugural opera season we will open this summer with Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria.
The Academy is supported by trusts, foundations, and individual donors and supporters in the AAM Society.
There is a lot more we can do. We typically perform 50-60 concerts a year in the UK, with a developing touring schedule in Europe, Asia and the US but want to raise the performance number higher. We want to develop new audiences; bolster and further develop our outreach programme; and. raise the proportion of performances in continental markets.
The Academy of Ancient Music has a total staff headcount of 10 and turnover of £1.65m, with about £1.5m on its balance sheet. The Academy is a registered charity governed by a Board of up to 12 Trustees, that meets at regular intervals. A Development Board and Fundraising Group support the orchestra’s future development and there is a Council of advisors.
The role of trustee
Trustees join a board accountable for ensuring the AAM achieves its mission of bringing its great music to the widest possible worldwide audience. Individually we want members of the board to be strong advocates and to help us raise the money we need each year to continue our work. Our trustees are unpaid, and all existing board members have joined the AAM Society and make a financial contribution to the organisation, commensurate with their personal circumstances.
There is an expectation by the board that trustees will serve for three to nine years. The board regularly reviews its skills; and each trustee is appraised by the Chairman every annually.
Do you fit?
We are committed to creating an inclusive group, and we believe that participants should have different approaches and skills that bring something unique to our capabilities.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity please send a brief letter and a short CV to introduce yourself and your skills to the Chairman, Terence Sinclair at email@example.com