Job: Fundraiser, National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain

Interested in helping children develop their musical potential?

Founded in 1978, NCO is the leading provider of world-class orchestral education and training to musically talented children aged 7 to 14 years from across the UK.

NCO is unique in its mission and outstandingly successful.  It operates 6 national age-banded and 6 regional orchestras that work each year with more than 700 talented youngsters from all backgrounds.  Talent is the only criterion for membership.  Many notable solo performers and professional musicians owe their musical development to the inspiration and fun they first found with NCO, and typically 30-60% of NYO players each year are NCO graduates.  Many NCO members progress to professional careers – the aim is for all to retain a life-long love of playing music.

NCO is appointing a fundraiser to take forward the development of a sustainable fundraising base which will support NCO’s life-changing work into the future.

You would be responsible for:

  • Refining NCO’s 3-5 year fundraising strategy, increasing income and providing a strong RoI
  • Leading fundraising relationships with trusts and foundations, private individuals and corporates, encompassing general and specific (mainly bursary) fundraising
  • Widening NCO’s long term sources of income
  • Developing untapped or new forms of fundraising

You should have:

  • 5 years+ experience in charity fundraising in the arts/educational sector
  • a successful track record in meeting annual fundraising targets
  • successfully implemented a long term, broadly based and sustainable fundraising strategy which met set objectives
  • expertise in researching, identifying and developing contacts and donor relationships, and the ability to draw up compelling engagement materials which perpetuate the aims and ethos of NCO
  • ease and fluency in communicating with and presenting to potential donors at all levels of seniority, and a track record of successfully closing a ‘pitch’

NCO is an equal opportunities employer.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children we work with and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post will be offered subject to appropriate DBS certification.

For a preliminary discussion or further information please contact Carrie at

Application is by CV and covering letter to the same address.

Deadline: Friday 28 October 2016.


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