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This is an exciting time to be joining Severn Arts……

Severn Arts aims to be a leading, strategic, inclusive arts organisation in Worcestershire.

Leading Worcestershire’s Music Education Hub, Severn Arts holds an Arts Council England* contract of over £700,000 to develop and deliver an accessible, inclusive high quality music education for young people in Worcestershire.

Now, as a new charitable company, Severn Arts has the freedom and flexibility to diversify its business and to be entrepreneurial in its approach. It intends to develop its business/commercial arm, whilst retaining a strong social ethos.

Severn Arts wishes to develop its remit to encompass a broader spectrum of Arts activity for people young and old, across Worcestershire and beyond.

The new charitable company starts with a well-established service, a sound existing customer base, many partnerships in place and good customer relationships.

The Company came into operation on the 1st June 2018 and currently provides music tuition, performance opportunities, instrument hire and other music education to pupils in Worcestershire, and has a relationship with 95% of the county’s schools. This growing service currently impacts on 8-10,000 children and young people weekly and over 18,000 across a year.

Severn Arts employs approximately 100 people. Most of these are peripatetic music teachers on variable hour contracts. The FTE is approximately 50 people.

The annual turnover of the company is £1.92m. This includes an Arts Council grant of £734,000 and the company has a strong and important relationship with the Arts Council. The remainder is traded income.

Worcestershire County Council was the former home of Severn Arts.

From Autumn 2018, Severn Arts will hold the contract with Worcestershire County Council for delivering the County Arts service and supporting Worcestershire Arts Partnership, thus developing the company’s remit beyond music education, and beyond young people.

Severn Arts has a committed Board of Trustees:

  • John de la Cour – Chair
  • Julie Berrow
  • Bill Davies
  • Karen Edwards
  • Michelle McCracken
  • Hannah Needham
  • Chloe Phillips
  • Andy Watts

Some information about the company can be seen here:

* – Arts Council England operates as a fund holder for Music Education Hubs on behalf of the Department for Education

Application Process

Chief Executive, Severn Arts
Salary: £55,000 to £65,000 per annum

Download the Job Description and Person Spec.

To apply for the Chief Executive position, please download and complete the Application Form and send this to Debbie Birch ([email protected]) by 4pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018.

Interviews will be held on 11th and 18th October. Please ensure your availability for both dates.

For any more information about the post, please contact Debbie on the email address above.

Severn Arts is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. An enhanced DBS check with barred list checks will be required for this post.