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Charity Trustees

Groundswell Arts are seeking new Trustees and a Chair to join our North London Arts and Education Charity. The Board and its Chair and Trustees are responsible for the governance of The Charity, working alongside our joint Artistic Directors to help us to continue to reach and grow our artistic ambitions and ensure our long-term sustainability. 


Role Description 

We are looking for people with a passion for Combined arts, Education and Community engagement, with the confidence and ability to become part of an experienced and motivated board guiding Groundswell Arts Future. We would like to hear from candidates who share our passion for creating a more inclusive and diverse sector, community engagement and environmental sustainability, and are particularly interested to hear from those with skills and experience in arts management, fundraising, working with SEND or the Education Sector. 

For the Chair, we are looking for someone with proven strategic knowledge of either the arts sector or the charity sector, to provide guidance and support to the team at Groundswell Arts 


1.      Job Title: Chair of the Board and Trustees 

2.      Salary: Unpaid 

3.      Hours: Part time 

4.      Artform:  Combined arts 

5.      Role: Curation 

6.      Contract: Hybrid 

7.      Closing date: Fri, 31st  December 2023 

8.      Location: Haringey 


For more information, please download our Trustee Pack here 

Singer Songwriters and Community Music Facilitators

Groundswell Arts is an Arts Education Charity established in 2010 to develop inclusive and creative projects alongside and for educational and creative settings. We are seeking to employ freelance musicians and singer songwriters – to work on our ongoing primary and early years music programme ‘Sing Our Story’

‘Sing Our Story’ is a long-running programme developed and designed by Groundswell Arts and funded by Youth Music and a range of other partners since 2011.

The project is based on a specific methodology, which involves working directly with the parents and carers to compose songs for and about their children. It is designed to support families and involves a therapeutic, sensitive and bespoke approach to music making.

In addition to the song writing process, you will be leading families, young children (0-11) and some secondary Special needs learners and teacher practitioners in music making activities and sharing useful pedagogy to support parents with making music in their home.

To ensure the quality of the programme musicians will be mentored and supported in their work throughout by Groundswell Arts and will attend training days and reflection meetings during the programme.

Applicants can read reports and see further information about the programme at

Essential Requirements

·       The ability to compose lyrics and music in a quick turn around environment;

·       A proficient ability on an instrument e.g. Guitar, keyboard.

·       A willingness to sing;

·       An Ability to work with people from a range of backgrounds, cultures and circumstances;

·       Empathy, and willingness to talk to and listen to new people.

·       Own and are willing to use you own instrument

·       The Ability to deliver a 20-30 min music session each session (Training given)

·       Capacity to deliver work across London boroughs with a core focus on Haringey, Enfield, Brent, Waltham Forest

·       A commitment to personal and professional learning and development and training, working as a team and attending group training days and paid for supervision sessions.

·       A willingness to work with vulnerable children and adults and to develop skills to support learners with special needs.

Non Essential Requirements

·       A technical knowledge of recording music (though this is included in training)

·       Have previous community music or early years music experience

·       Have worked / Trained in music therapy.

·       An understanding of trauma informed practice and attachment theory

·       Background of working with special needs learners.

·       The use of Makaton or BSL sign.

The Successful candidate will:

·       Be committed to the values and ethos of Groundswell Arts

·       Have a sensitive personality, be understanding and a very good listener;

·       Have an interest in community and early years work;

·       Be a great communicator;

·       Have an interest in music for children and early years music pedagogy;

·       Be flexible and creative;

·       Organised and reliable;

·       A Willingness to learn

·       Have a commitment to learning and development and will accept training offers and termly supervision


If successful applicants must be able to commit to an initial full day training date February 9th

Applicants must provide Groundswell Arts with a full DBS check or be prepared to have one carried out.


Paid on a freelance basis at a starting rate of £175 per day projects are termly for 9-10 days across a term.   

How to apply 

Please apply via email to with your C.V and short statement about why you would be interested in working with us and what you can bring to the role.

Should you want to submit a short video introduction to yourself alternatively this is also an option.

Closing dates for applicants January 12th 5pm

We will be in touch with successful applicants to arrange interviews for the week commencing January 22nd.

Groundswell Arts is an equal opportunities employer, and we would be particularly interested in hearing from global majority candidates, or those with protected characteristics in order that teams represent the diverse communities we support. 

Freelance Creatives

If you are a Musician, Film Maker, Puppeteer or just generally a Creative Practitioner who likes working with Children, Families and Schools and would like to work with us please send your CV and a cover letter to and we’ll let you know when we are next recruiting.