CHARITY TRUSTEE: Role Description

Job title: Music Support Charity Trustee

About the job

Music Support is a charity founded in 2016 by people from within the music industry. Our mission is to provide help and support to peers who work in music and live events affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction and to promote early intervention through support services, education, and workshops.

As a trustee, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of those working in the music industry. You will work alongside the dedicated and passionate team of trustees, staff, and volunteers, to help shape the future direction of the charity and ensure that our services continue to meet the needs of those we support.

Why are we looking for new trustees?

We have decided to increase the size and scope of our board to reflect our maturity, operational and financial growth and to ensure that we are in the best possible shape for the next 5 years of providing service to the music industry.

  • This is a voluntary role, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
  • New Trustees will need a successful DBS check.
  • 1 terms of Trusteeship will last for 3 years. We recommend a maximum of 2 terms per trustee (except for Founding Trustees) although this is not mandatory.

Not sure if you are ready to become a charity trustee?

Although the experience of governance and strategic planning in a charity or non-profit context is a bonus, you are more important than any previous experience as a Trustee. Training can be provided for those unfamiliar with being a trustee.

Music Support is a fabulous charity that saves lives, and we hope you’ll join us on this fantastic adventure. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in becoming a trustee.

How to apply

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Additional Information

Equal Opportunities

Music Support is committed to encouraging equality, diversity, and inclusion among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

Right to Work & DBS

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. Verification checks will be conducted during the interview process and a full DBS check on acceptance of offer.

Data Protection

Your personal data will be used by Music Support for the purpose of this recruitment exercise only.  This includes relevant staff/team managers and interviewers (who may include other relevant external colleagues).  We do not share your data with other third parties unless your application for employment is successful and we make you an offer of employment. We will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you.


Music Support is a UK registered charity that provides help for those working in the UK music industry, and roles supporting the UK music industry, who are affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction. 

Registered Charity Number: 1170231


Music support team members chatting to crew at Download festival.

Our Mission

No issue is too big or too small to be outside our area of operation. We are here to help.

We support people working in the music industry,
including live events, experiencing addiction and mental health problems. We are the only charity open to everyone in our industry, including backstage crew, label executives, musicians, artists, and young people starting out. We are peer-led.

All our staff, volunteers and Trustees come from the music industry. Almost all have lived experience of mental health problems and/or addiction. We use our journey to offer empathy, hope and a way out of the darkness.

Our Values

  • Inclusion. Music Support is open to everyone in the industry regardless of background, role or music genre.
  • Safety. We create a confidential environment and observe the highest standards of personal data protection and governance.
  • Courage. We’re proud to stand for who we are and what we believe in and support others to do the same.
  • Passion. We believe in the power of transformational change because we have experienced it in our own lives.
  • Innovation. We find new solutions to addressing mental health and addiction problems in the music industry.
  • Understanding. We are shaped by our experience of the unique pressures wrought by our industry.


A non-judgemental and confidential listening ear service. Call now to speak to a trained industry peer.


Support Services

An all-encompassing support system with signposting and guidance, individual case management and crisis support, managed by industry peers with lived experience of the highs and lows of working within music and live events.

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Mental Health First Aid and Addiction and Recovery Awareness training to provide you with the tools to protect the wellbeing of your peers (and yourself).


Safe Hubs

A backstage space at festivals for artists and crew to take time out and speak to Mental Health First Aid trained staff

The difference we make

We are really proud of our impact.

Evaluation shows after our support, 88% of people feel they can cope better with their mental health problems and 83% with their addiction.

Our industry peer led services empower 85% of people to feel less lonely and 82% to feel more in control of their lives.

98% of people we support say speaking to someone with experience of the music industry and with lived experience of addiction and mental health problems is important in helping them recover.

93% say they received support they couldn’t have got anywhere else.