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Board Member Job Posting 9/20/2016
For 40 years, Early Music Guild of Seattle has brought music to life through exhilarating historically informed performances that reflect the spirit of the time and connect with audiences today. It has brought the finest early music ensembles in the world to Seattle, nurtured the development of numerous local and regional ensembles, and educated thousands of young people and adults at a time when music and the arts are as important in our lives as they ever have been. Our reach extends throughout the community, providing free tickets for those who need them and life-transforming experiences for everyone.

Context:
After 40 years paving the way for Early Music to have an established role in the cultural life of Seattle, Early Music Guild is actively engaging members of the wider Seattle community through its mainstage programming and innovative education programs. The organization seeks board members who are willing to help make sure that Early Music is a part of Seattle’s future.

Position:
The Early Music Guild Board supports the work of Early Music Guild and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Early Music Guild Executive Director Gus Denhard, a long-time veteran of the national early music scene, manages the organization and works closely with the Board.

Commitments:
• Length of term is a minimum of 3 years
• Commitment of 5-10 hours per month, including: Board meetings monthly for 2 hours, plus one retreat annually; Committee meetings monthly for 1-2 hours
• Participate in Early Music Guild events, board recruiting and fund raising
• Meaningful financial gift annually and purchase of concert subscriptions

Ideal candidates will have:
• Achieved leadership stature in business, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector
• Accomplishments that enable them to attract other high-performing Board Members and supporters
• Established relationships with community, government or business leaders
• Expertise in law, finance, banking, investments, project management or fund raising (including major donor development)
• Previous non-profit board experience or training
• A passion for great live music and its meaning to the wider Seattle community

Inquiries: To further explore becoming a member of the Early Music Guild Board of Directors or to learn more about our committee volunteer opportunities, please contact Executive Director Gus Denhard (emg@earlymusicguild.org).

Volunteer
As a non-profit arts organization, Early Music Guild is particularly grateful to those members of our community who voluntarily help us behind the scenes. Our volunteers all have various backgrounds and skills who share a common love of the music and desire to make a significant contribution to the cultural life of our community. Volunteers enjoy access to Early Music Guild and our productions, musicians, and artistic team and make new friends in the process. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, send an email to emg@earlymusicguild.org or call 206-325-7066.

Here are some ways in which our volunteers help us:

House a musician or provide transportation. For those musicians traveling to Seattle to play with us, volunteers open their home to them, typically for a week’s stay. Other volunteers drive musicians to and from the airport and rehearsals or lend the musicians an unneeded car. This is great way to get to know the artists better and helps more of our funds go toward the music.

Join a committee or lend a skill. Behind the scenes, board members and interested volunteers get together to bring musical experiences to the schools, to share our music with a wider audience, to track our finances, and to seek funding opportunities. If you have skills or interests in any of these areas or simply an enthusiasm for our music, consider serving on a committee or lending us your skills.

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