The National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Meetings in Woolwich or Central London
Voluntary basis with expenses reimbursed

NYJO exists to empower young jazz musicians through engaging participation projects and impactful live performance. Our Professional Development programme provides opportunities for emerging professional artists to perform an eclectic range of repertoire with world-class artists. Our Learning programmes nurture young musicians through high quality workshops, courses and gigs. We value access, inclusivity and progress at all levels – and are seen to act with courage and respect by our students. We believe, too, in the power of musical participation as a tool for personal growth.


Having entered our seventh decade with confidence, and with a bright future ahead of us, we’re looking for a Chair who can provide inspirational strategic leadership to our Board and organisation and support us externally in building support and leverage. You will ensure excellent governance and oversight arrangements are in place, support the CEO and her team, and work as a passionate advocate and champion for NYJO by taking our brand out into our audiences and, in particular, funder communities.

NYJO’s role is broad. Our beneficiaries are varied and we’re committed to each and every one of them. And we’re always seeking to enable, engage and nurture them. Individual progress, at any level, is prized above all else at our charity. We’re looking for an inspirational and insightful Chair who is already personally respected, well networked, and will be an invaluable source of wisdom and guidance, as well as a trusted critical friend. In return, we’re offering a rare chance to be part of a unique charity that’s shaping the future of jazz. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.


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