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Director/Senior Manager, Individual Giving

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
London (Greater)
£45,000 to £55,000
Closing date
23 Sep 2021

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We want YOU!

Music quite literally changes lives. There is a tonne of research out there on how music affects the brain, strongly linking it to improved mental health through listening and enhancing the overall educational outcomes of children who take up musical instruments.

It has been said that if everyone played a musical instrument, we wouldn't have any wars, and orchestras have been set up to cross political divides in the Middle East and very successfully promoting mutual understanding; whilst we appear different, we are all the same. 

Children who learn instruments learn to communicate with children from all different backgrounds in the same language, they learn the listening skills that are so highly sought after in adult life, turn taking, collaboration and mutual respect. That repeated actions, through practice, lead to incredible results, something which can then be applied to the acquiring of any skill. That together we can create something even more amazing that we can on our own. 

Music is the only language that crosses political, linguistic, economic and gender divides, and brings people together instead of setting them apart.

In these polarised and uncertain times, the role that music can play in young people's lives is absolutely pivotal, and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has the incredible ambition of bringing these opportunities to every teenager in the UK. It has already played an extraordinary role during the pandemic. 

We are NOT looking for an Individual Giving fundraiser who can play a musical instrument! 

We need your incredible IG experience and creativity, very likely in the charity sector, to help us grow a fabulous fledgling, successful programme and provide bursary and other extraordinary opportunities to all young people in the UK.

You'll have the support of a team of three with you, a welcoming Director of Fundraising and a Board very keen to invest in the individual programme.

If you feel you'd like to spread your wings in your next position and make real impact...please do get in touch!

You'll have room to try new things, to build on some already excellent work, and to be listened to when something isn't working. 

We are looking for a Director of Individual Giving who has well seasoned expertise in all things individual giving, has significant acquisition as well as retention experience, and has worked with media buying agencies and consultants.

We've created our individual programme from scratch, and whilst it is fledgling, we are very committed as an organisation to make it a significant fundraising stream with your expertise, widening the channels, sophistication and demographic substantially. You'll already have significant growth experience under your belt, and be dying to apply what you know strategically. 

Whilst we sound like a pure 'arts' charity, we actually are a youth brand and all about social impact for young people.

If you’d like to find out more and for further details and a job pack, please don't hesitate to contact us for an informal chat via Charlotte Wilmot, Director, Eardley Wilmot, We've got so much to share with you...

The deadline for this position is rolling, and we are reviewing applications as we receive them.

We welcome applications from anyone regardless of their age, experience, disability, ethnicity, heritage, sexuality, gender and socio-economic background.

The National Youth Orchestra is deeply committed to inclusive working practices, and to making any reasonable adjustments.

We have fabulous offices in Lincoln's Inn and are working between home and the office. It's great to come together, and we also appreciate quiet time at home to get our heads down. 

Winner: Best Supporter Experience

Institute of Fundraising Awards 2019

Nicolette Shaw, Development Director: "Individual Giving has huge potential at NYO, we have proved that over the last few years.  We are very excited to grow the team to help us navigate the next phase of growth" 

Ariana Musiol, Head of Individual Giving: "We are very much looking forward to an Individual Giving Director joining the team.  An extra pair of hands,  someone to steer and to bring the very best out of us all."



NYO exists to give thrilling experiences of orchestral music to teenage musicians and audiences who need them most. We believe in the unlimited potential of teenagers and as the future of orchestral music, our musicians are powerful advocates. By harnessing the power of peer inspiration, we target those with the greatest musical commitment and cultural need, enriching the lives of 10,000 young people every year through live performances, and activity in our NYO Inspire and NYO Open programmes.

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