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Treasurer - Board of Directors

MusicNT

About MusicNT

MusicNT is the peak body for contemporary music in the Northern Territory. It has a membership base of 3500 individuals and delivers programs across the Territory and across the country. MusicNT’s mission is to support the growth and development of the contemporary music industry in the Northern Territory at a local level whilst supporting musicians to create and export their music internationally. 
The advocacy work that MusicNT undertakes at bothTerritory and Federal levels underpins a suite of programs that seek to address social barriers and issues around safety, access and equality. MusicNT believes that everyone has the right to safely enjoy and share in the benefits of music regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, language, age or other status.

Music NT Board of Directors Purpose

The Board's purpose is to maintain and develop Music NT as an organisation that exists to encourage and promote the development of contemporary music in all its forms and aspects without exclusion in the Northern Territory.

Music NT is uniquely placed to understand and respond to the immediate and long-term needs of musicians and music Industry stakeholders in the Northern Territory. As an Incorporated Public Fund, Music NT works in partnership with funding bodies, local communities and territory, state and national organisations to benefit the community in perpetuity.

An Incorporated Public Fund provides the legal framework to allow Music NT to operate into perpetuity, conduct its own fundraising activities and support activities that are related to the development of music.

Operating an Incorporated Public Fund requires that a majority of Board members meet the responsible person test:

Individuals with a degree of responsibility to the community as a whole’ would generally include: school principals, judges, religious practitioners, solicitors, doctors and other professional persons, mayors, councillors, town clerks and members of parliament. Generally, individuals who are accepted as having a degree of responsibility to the community as a whole are known to a broad section of the community because they perform a public function or they belong to a professional body (such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants, State Law Societies and Medical Registration Boards) which has a professional code of ethics and rules of conduct. Individuals who have received formal recognition from the Government for their services to the community (for example, an Order of Australia award) will also usually have the requisite degree of responsibility.’

The Board of Directors will select the position of Treasurer through the application process. The Board of Directors will assess applicants based on the relevant skills they bring to the role. The Board of Directors will also be ensuring that the successful applicant meets the Public Ancillary Fund ‘Responsible Person’ requirements.

Once shortlisted, applicants will be interviewed by the Board's Executive group to further assess suitability for the role. If selected, applicants will be asked to complete a declaration of private interests and police check. Applicants will also be checked to ensure their name does not appear on the ‘Banned and disqualified register’ held by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission or the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) National Personal Insolvency Index.

Expectations of Board members

Board positions are not remunerated, and the initial term of engagement is likely to be up to two years. The role will include attendance and active participation at Board meetings, there may also be times where attendance at community events is required.

Board Members will be expected to:

  • Attend a half day capacity building workshop that will outline in detail the legal roles and responsibilities of Board members.
  • Have an understanding of directors’ duties and compliance requirements pertaining to charitable organisations.
  • Build the capacity of music communities in the Northern Territory and have a demonstrated knowledge of and connection with the opportunities and challenges in the Northern Territory over time.
  • Attend and actively participate in meetings. Meetings frequency will be set by the Board and meeting duration will be determined according to operational demand. Board meetings may occur as frequently as monthly and are usually up to two hours in duration. Applicants will also need to set aside several hours to read Board papers ahead of meetings. Meetings may also be conducted out of session with decisions made by circular resolution.
  • Stay informed about Music NT matters, prepare themselves well for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports.
  • Build a collegial working relationship with other board members that contributes to a consensual approach to decisions.
  • Utilise their own skills, experience and knowledge to support the growth and success of MusicNT
  • Help communicate and promote Music NT's mission, purpose and services to the community.
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