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This is an exciting and important time in The Jazz Centre UK's journey as we aim to build resilience, grow and look for new opportunities for the future.

We want to make our board more diverse and bring new skills to the charity. In particular, we want to strengthen our fundraising ability and connect more effectively with the new wave of jazz musicians and their audience. We are also seeking legal and accountancy expertise.

Does this sound like you? Apply at the bottom of this page. Scroll down to learn more about who we are looking for and what is involved or click the button below to jump straight to the apply section.

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We are looking for people who enjoy working as part of a supportive team who are passionate about jazz music in all its diverse forms. We’re seeking up to three people to complement the skills and experience of the current board of seven Trustees. Previous trustee experience is not essential.

We are seeking expertise in specific areas including:

  • Income generation/fundraising

  • Music industry e.g. record labels and publishing working in any genre of music

  • Underrepresented or underserved communities

  • Legal

  • Accountancy

We strongly recognise that our Board has some way to go to better represent the diversity of modern Britain and we are therefore proactively seeking expressions of interest from:

  • Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse people

  • People with a lived experience of disability

  • People from the LGBTQIA+ community

  • People between 18–45 years of age

We are fully aware that not everyone knows what it’s like to be a trustee, nor what a board does - we hope that will not discourage you from putting yourself forward since we are happy for people to observe a few board meetings before they decide whether they want to join and will help prospective members learn about the duties and responsibilities of being a Trustee through a simple induction and ‘buddying’ with an existing board member.


Being on a Board can be incredibly rewarding - it is a brilliant way to use your skills and experience to support the arts and ‘give back’. You meet different kinds of people, learn a lot, and have access to some excellent events and activities.

As a Board member, you will agree to:

  • Prepare for and attend four meetings per year in Southend (or online)

  • Feed into setting the strategic aims for the organisation.

  • Join sub-groups on specific issues where possible. e.g. Artistic, Fundraising, Diversity & Inclusion, Events, Editorial, Finance or Marketing Committees.

  • Be fully up to date with the business of the charity.

  • Offer timely feedback and responses for the charity.

  • Attend performances and events where possible.

  • Be an ambassador and advocate for The Jazz Centre UK.


Trustee appointments are for renewable terms of three years. The position is voluntary, unpaid, and non-executive. Every effort will be made to accommodate any needs to enable participation such as covering reasonable travel expenses, offering disabled access for meetings and flexible meeting timings.

What we value most in prospective candidates is your unique perspective and passion for music and to reach out to involve a wider community in everything The Jazz Centre UK does.

Further information can be found on the Charity Commission website, including an essential ‘What You Need To Know As A Trustee’ guidance pack.

The Jazz Centre UK


To express your interest, please contact Gareth Evans, The Jazz Centre UK’s Chairman providing your CV/bio and a covering letter answering the following questions:

  1. What interests you about The Jazz Centre UK and our work?

  2. What useful skills, networks and experience could you bring to The Jazz Centre UK?

  3. What would you like to gain from joining the board?

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If you’d like an informal chat about becoming a board member or have any questions, ahead of submitting a formal application do not hesitate to get in touch.

Alternatively, you can use the 'quick apply' form below to express your interest and we will call you back:



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