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Australian Music Centre - vacancies

AMC is seeking additional Board members




About the Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre (AMC) has facilitated the creation, performance and awareness of Australian art music nationally and internationally for more than 40 years. We have many stakeholders, but at the heart of our mission is a commitment to the representation, advocacy, promotion and support of Australian composers and creators, and their music. The AMC houses and curates the most comprehensive catalogue of Australian art music, a living collection of scores, recordings, research papers, teaching kits, classroom materials and aggregated media. The collection includes more than 30,000 items by 660+ Australian artists. The organisation made the prescient decision to digitise this asset in 2002 and, today, we operate as an online business, with more than 13,000 digital items by Australian creators being accessible to anyone in the world with a smart device.

Many people choose to be a member of the AMC, and pay an annual subscription to support our work, and to access a range of benefits, including access to materials in the collection, via digital or hard copy loans. Members include composers and sound artists, students at Secondary or Tertiary level, teachers, schools, universities, a diverse range of individuals including music practitioners both professional and amateur, supporters of new Australian art music, and a range of organisations.

What we do

The AMC’s activities are informed by our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, and are underpinned by our Mission: To represent Australian art music through our online services, enabling universal access to our resources, whilst advancing the interests of Australian creators and their music.

Activities address the six strategic priorities outlined in the plan:

  • Grow and diversify the revenue base
  • Invest in organisational capacity
  • Invest continuously in the AMC’s digital infrastructure
  • Animate and leverage the AMC collection
  • Optimise the AMC service mix for key customers
  • Activate a modern definition of an ‘Australian composer’

The scope of art music embraced by AMC activities covers notated composition, electroacoustic music, improvised music including contemporary jazz, sound art and installation sound, screen music, and related genres and techniques. It is a broad and complex sector, increasingly fluid in its definition and practice.

In addition to growing, maintaining and animating the AMC collection for its diverse audiences, we provide music publishing, distribution and retail services for major customer groups. We provide career support, manage professional development programs and present annual and biennial awards.

The current Board of Directors

Genevieve Lacey is Chair of the Australian Music Centre Board, and was appointed to the role in February 2016. Other members of the current Board are:

  • Prof Margaret Barrett
  • David Francis
  • Cat Hope
  • Sally Howland
  • Ben Northey
  • Martel Ollerenshaw

Chris Gardoll acts as Company Secretary. Further biographical details about the Board are available at https://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/about/board

The AMC is a Company Limited by Guarantee.


The Requirement


As the peak body service organisation for Australian art music, with a dynamic and engaged Board of Directors, AMC is seeking additional Board members whose experience and expertise might include:

  • Online business skills, in publishing or retail operations; digital strategy
  • Business strategy development
  • Particular expertise in the art music or related sectors relating to audience development or stakeholder engagement, marketing, and communications

The AMC seeks candidates with a keen interest in the organisation’s mission who can provide support and challenge to the Directors, and the CEO, to ensure that the AMC achieves its ambitions.

The AMC is also committed to expanding the diversity of Directors, particularly in relation to gender, age, disability, and ethnicity. Welcoming and drawing from a wide range of perspectives and creative input is core to the organisation’s values and ways of working.

New Directors will join the AMC at an exciting and important time. They will support the development of an organisation that is entrepreneurial and creates environments where new ideas and new approaches can flourish, as well as giving art music the voice, support and recognition nationally and internationally that it deserves.

Each candidate will demonstrate some, but not necessarily all, of the following experiences and skills and attributes:

General attributes of all board members

  • Potential to contribute constructively and effectively as Board/committee member
  • Ability to provide strategic direction, set overall policy, define goals, set targets and evaluate performance
  • Ensure financial stability - protecting and managing the charity’s property and ensuring the proper investment of its funds
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship and experience of serving as a Director
  • Ability to attend 6 full Board meetings (via teleconference, or in person), and 1 planning day per year; also to give time to providing expert advice to the executive, as appropriate
  • Passionate about music but not necessarily working in the music sector
  • Potential to bring new financial and strategic partners to benefit Sound and Music
  • Adherence to organisational values

Specific attributes for these positions might include

  • Experience in a leadership role within the cultural sector, or business
  • Well networked at a senior level in the cultural or business sectors, and with a track record of bringing partners on board with projects
  • A strong grasp of current and developing trends in the cultural sector, including in public funding and at policy level


Additional information


There is no remuneration, however travel costs and incidental expenses associated with attending Board meetings are offered. It is expected that Directors will serve for at least 3 years, preferably for the allowable maximum term of 6 years.


How to apply


To express an interest in these roles, you are asked to submit:

  • A full copy of your cv
  • A letter expressing your interest, including what you feel you are able to bring to the organisation

We would prefer to receive applications electronically.

Your expression of interest should include details of relevant experience/interests, why you would like to be considered for this role, and what you would contribute to AMC’s Board of Directors. Please also specify which of the Director roles you are interested in.

Please address your EOI to Genevieve Lacey, AMC Chair, and forward it to:


The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact John Davis at the above email address.


Corporate information

The Australian Music Centre Ltd is a not-for-profit Australian public company limited by guarantee.

  • ACN 001 250 595
  • ABN 52 001 250 595
  • PO Box N690, Grosvenor Place, NSW 1220, AUSTRALIA