Become a Board Member

What is the role of the Board?

The Board governs and directs the organisation toward achieving its goals.

The key functions and responsibilities of the Board are to:

  • Represent the members of the organisation
  • Set the overall strategic direction of the organisation
  • Ensure the organisation is well managed
  • Exercise financial stewardship and approve the operating budget
  • Ensure effective audit and risk management systems are in place and protect the organisation from external threats
  • Ensure the organisation complies with laws and regulations
  • Ensure the organisation is adequately resourced
  • Enhance the organisation’s public image

What is the role of Board members?

Board members are expected to act in the best interests of the organisation and have a duty:

  • To act in good faith and with integrity
  • To act with care and diligence
  • Not to improperly use their position
  • Not to misuse information
  • Not to trade while insolvent

Board Meetings

Board members are expected to attend and actively participate in Board meetings. Music Tasmania holds ten Board meetings each year, which are scheduled approximately every 6 weeks. Teleconferencing is available for Board members who are not based in Hobart to ensure they can contribute meaningfully. Board members are expected to read all board papers and financial statements provided prior to the meeting, which takes up to one hour of preparation.

Board members are also expected to participate in one Sub-Committee based on their skills and experience. Sub-Committees focus on particular areas of responsibility (e.g. marketing, human resources, financial management) or specific programs and activities (e.g. Music Tasmania Presents).

Some Board members may also have a particular interest or initiative that they would like to work on in partnership with the Board and Music Tasmania’s CEO for the general benefit of members and the music community (e.g. sponsorship development, diversity in music, live music).

Board members select from among themselves the positions of President (or Chair), Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Rules of Association outline the responsibilities of these formal ‘office holders’. The incoming Board can select up to two additional members to ensure a diverse range of skills and people are represented.

The time commitment required varies but Board members (except the Chair and Treasurer) typically spend a few hours each fortnight on board related matters.

What qualities, skills and experience do Board members require?

Music Tasmania needs a Board with individuals that have a strong commitment to the vision and mission of the organisation. Music industry experience is not required but a passion for the music industry is vital.

Board members are expected to:

  • Demonstrate effective leadership: Show initiative, provide vision and motivation to support Tasmania's music community.
  • Actively contribute: Commit your time, expertise and resources to help Music Tasmania achieve its vision and mission.
  • Work Collaboratively: Cooperate as part of team with fellow Board members, management, and the music sector.

Most Board decisions are made by consensus by applying the above qualities. A well-balanced Board should be diverse with a variety of skills and experience. Music Tasmania’s Board members may come from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and can include members that represent different aspects of the industry, and/or hold different expertise (e.g. law, management, finance, policy, fundraising and marketing).

Management or business experience is useful but not essential. Board members should be able to understand and interpret financial and operating reports and help form organisational policies, plans and objectives.

How do you become a Board member?

Any member of Music Tasmania can nominate for the Board. Nomination requires the candidate to complete an online form. Applications include a short biography and must be submitted one week prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Eight Board members are elected via an online voting system and the results announced at the AGM. Members are elected for a one year term. The elected Board can choose up to three additional members to join the Board for one year only.

Interested candidates are encouraged to get in touch with Music Tasmania prior to the nomination period and can be provided with additional information about the organisation. For a confidential discussion please contact Music Tasmania's CEO Laura Harper on 0418 545 002 or email manager@musictasmania.org.

 

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