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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

National Jazz Archive seeks Trustees

This posting is being made to help the National Jazz Archive, which is seeking two Trustees:

            a) a Treasurer
            b) someone with a good understanding of IT

The National Jazz Archive

The Archive holds the UK's finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. It was founded in 1988 with support from Essex County Council and a group of jazz professionals and devotees, and is a registered charity.

The Archive's vision is to ensure that significant jazz material should be safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Archive a three year grant in autumn 2011 to tell the Story of British Jazz through four key themes: people, places, watershed moments and social and cultural dimensions. This is enabling the collection to be fully conserved and catalogued for the first time. Significant items are being digitised and made accessible online. The funding is also facilitating a community programme of events, family activities and opportunities for volunteers; and attendance at UK jazz festivals and events is raising the Archive's profile as the UK's foremost jazz research resource.


The National Jazz Archive is seeking a Treasurer to oversee the Archive’s financial matters in line with good practice and in accordance with the governing document and legal requirements, and report to the Board of Trustees about the financial health of the organisation. The Treasurer will ensure that effective financial measures, controls and procedures are put in place, and are appropriate for the charity.

Someone with a good understanding of IT

The National Jazz Archive is seeking someone with technical skills, whether it be systems admin skills or more generally familiarity with data standards and web technologies. They need day-to-day support with basic stuff, although networking knowledge and knowledge of Gmail systems would be useful. They will be looking to the IT Trustee to help the organisation continue its development of IT systems and applications and develop their online presence, and to keep their infrastructure intact; this will mean an understanding of the kit, software and networks they operate.

For both posts it would be helpful if you have an understanding of archives, jazz and/or cultural heritage.

To discuss either post, please email Angela Davies at with your telephone number. Angela will put you in touch with a Trustee, who will then phone you to tell you more about the post and to answer your questions.

The Jazz Archive would like applications by letter, saying why you’re interested in one or other of the posts and setting out your relevant experience that you’d bring to the NJA. Please send this to Angela by post to the address below or by email as above by 6 January 2014.

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