We’re looking for new members to join our Board.  If you’d like to stand, here’s more information about what it involves and what you need to do. If you have any questions we’ve not covered, or you want an informal chat, please get in touch: jack@a-m-a.co.uk.

Why stand for the AMA Board?

The AMA Board helps steer the direction of AMA, and oversees our activity to make sure we are delivering on our purpose for the sector and commitment to members. If you want to help make the changes we want to see in our sector, in arts marketing and for our members, and you bring the right skills and attitudes, we want you to stand!

Who are we looking for?

You’ll be an AMA member, and passionate about AMA’s work. We have worked hard to make our Board diverse, but we would like to see more people apply who have protected characteristics that are currently under-represented in our sector.

You may not necessarily work in the arts and culture sector – we value new viewpoints – but you will have a strong background in and understanding of marketing. Particularly of the strategic role it can play in helping develop audiences, connect with communities and drive organisations forward to sustainable futures.

What does being on the AMA Board mean?

The AMA board currently comprises ten members and we are now holding an election for up to three of these places.

We hold four Board meetings a year – in December, March, June and September. Currently these take place online, but at least one a year usually takes place in person. Meetings usually last around 3 hours, although once a year one of these forms a Board strategy day, which runs longer.

There are three fundamental duties for board members:
1. To account for the association’s finances and to monitor and approve financial planning and ensure that the association adheres to company law.
2. To give direction to the association’s senior management team, monitor their performance and provide support and motivation.
3. To ensure that the membership continues to receive appropriate benefit from the association

We can provide training for successfully elected candidates, if you’re keen but are worried about if you have enough experience. We also pay expenses.

Once elected, Board members generally serve for at least one term of three years, but you can re-stand for election for up to two more terms (ie a total of nine years) or stand down at any time during your service.

How do you stand for the Board?

You must be an AMA member, and have a proposer and seconder who are both members. You’re then ready to start your nomination form.

We provide an information pack to help you complete your nomination. We ask you to provide some basic details about you and your work/organisation, plus a 200-word ‘manifesto’. This is your opportunity to tell us about your skills, experience and what you will bring to the AMA Board and AMA membership. You’ll also need to write 100 words about why AMA is important to you. We’ll also need a high-resolution picture of you.

Timescale for 2021/22 election:

  • 19 November 2021: Opening of the board election applications 2021
  • 10 December 2021: Deadline to stand for board election and to send nomination form back
  • 10 January 2022: Candidates confirmed – voting opens
  • 31 January 2022: Voting closes
  • 21 February 2022: Election results announced at the AGM taking place online 12.30.

When I first stood for election I didn’t anticipate how being on the board has continually given me more back than I’ve ever given. As well as skills development that support personal and professional development, it is a great opportunity to step back from the day job, returning with fresh ideas and new perspectives.

Jo Taylor, Director of Audiences, Rambert and former AMA Board Member