Meet the Trustee: Jackie Newbould

4th November 2021

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During the first week of November, charities across the country take the time to celebrate the vital work carried out by their Trustees.Trustees' Week gives charitable organisations like NMC a chance to publicly say a huge ‘thank you’ to the diverse group of individuals who volunteer their time and expertise to us as our Board. Collectively, NMC’s Trustees oversee everything that happens at the charity and ensure we deliver on our purpose and mission throughout all our activities.

For a charity like NMC with only a small office team, our board of ten Trustees are an incredibly important part of how we work. They are drawn from a wide range of professions and have decades of experience between them, which means they can provide expert advice and guidance on a range of topics – from fundraising strategy to education resources, marketing techniques to financial planning and legal matters.

All of this work behind the scenes is integral to the ongoing success of NMC. With the support of our Trustees, NMC is able to remain in a strong position to champion the work of British and Irish composers by recording, distributing and promoting their music. We’ll share insights into what being a Trustee of NMC involves from existing Board members over the coming week. Plus, keep an eye out for the exciting opportunity to join our Board, as we seek to recruit two new Trustees.

Music has been a central part of my life ever since I was conscious of hearing. It was recordings that brought me to it at a very young age. My parents would worry later on that I should ‘go out to play’ more - I did that too, but would be content to listen for hours to their old record player: all sorts - dance bands, musicals, some classics, and my favourite Peter and the Wolf was the one l learnt the word ‘again’ for. Didn’t understand many other words then, the music told the story. Some years later I found myself lucky enough to own a violin, play it well enough to get into youth orchestras and ensembles, playing my way through all kinds of repertoire opening up worlds for me.

More years later I found myself even luckier to be Executive Producer for one of the best ensembles in the land - Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. During the early years of BCMG, NMC was also emerging onto the scene - a very fruitful and happy relationship between the two organisations producing some precious, treasured recordings of the most remarkable music of our times. 

"When asked to become a Trustee it was the greatest honour. My experience at BCMG has given me tools to support NMC in bringing contemporary music to a wide audience in interesting ways, and through advocacy."

I love NMC’s philosophy: highest recording values, no compromises, dedication to composers of all ages and at all stages, grasping new technologies, tirelessly seeking out ingenious ways to engage as many of us listeners as possible - young and not-so-young - in the huge tapestry that is new music today. And if you fancy looking back a little for some context from the past, they do that too: they never delete so you can be sure to find that thing you’re seeking in their catalogue, and their charitable status gives them artistic freedom. No other recording company is able to achieve for contemporary music what NMC can. It was started by a composer and places composers at its heart: everything emanates from this, with a highly skilled and committed management team sharing that vision. You simply can’t get recordings of this quality and of this variety anywhere else. Their work is unique. And they may be based in London (in a tiny office in the East), but they reach all over the UK and far beyond. 

"I love NMC’s philosophy: highest recording values, no compromises, dedication to composers of all ages and at all stages"

When asked to become a Trustee it was the greatest honour. My experience at BCMG has given me tools to support them in bringing contemporary music to a wide audience in interesting ways, and through advocacy. Before I joined as a Trustee I was aware their remarkable ventures were borne out of shoestrings. Now I have a closer view I am even more in awe of their achievements and in such tough times for all arts organisations. If I was a millionaire NMC would be tops for me, but I don’t have to be one to give and make a difference. That’s a fine feeling.

We are thrilled to announce that NMC are seeking to recruit two new Trustees. Be a vital part of what NMC does by joining our Board. Find out more here.

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