Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the country’s leading independent music charity, continues to diversify, proactively invest and modernise as part of its strategy leading up to its centenary in 2021.
As well as announcing new appointments in key roles, HMUK is making significant strides as part of their
five-year plan, Agenda 2021, which illustrates how the charity will support the ongoing needs of musicians and play a more proactive and far reaching role across the UK, with an ambitious £21 million fundraising target at its heart.
The charity continues to grow and expand—creating new positions to bolster the existing team. Notable additions in each HMUK office include Becci Scotcher as Communications and Partnerships Manager based in London, David Culbertas Scotland’s first Development Officer, and Keith Millar as Development Manager in Northern Ireland. HMUK’s own Director of External Affairs, Christine Brown, recently added the role of Chief of Staff to her remit.
From working at record labels, publicity companies, music development trade bodies and event organisers, Becci brings 14 years of experience in international market development, music sponsorship, marketing, brand management and asset development to HMUK. Stepping in the Communications and Partnerships Manager role, Becci will be developing the charity’s digital strategy and leading on the brand refresh.
As the first HMUK hire in Scotland, David comes from a wide ranging background in the Scottish Music industry. Having been a music tutor, sound engineer and project manager, David has wealth of experience working with artists, fundraising from foundations and trusts, as well as being a musician himself. He will be a huge asset to our developing Scotland office.
Keith has worked within the Northern Ireland music industry for seven years—as the founder of a music-based SME and as the manager of an upcoming Belfast-based band (No Oil Paintings). Keith currently manages the Flowerfield Arts Centre venue in Portstewart and has extensive experience of working in festivals and events including Belfast’s Culture Night, the Aperture Festival, the Stendhal Festival of Art and also established the Atlantic Sessions festival on the northern coast of NI.
Eight years into her employment at HMUK and well versed in the music industry network, Christine’s appointment as Chief of Staff will see her working on international business development ambitions and supporting the Chief Executive regarding the charity’s governance and executive structures. Christine will maintain her roles as Director of External Affairs and Director of Northern Ireland.
HMUK remains committed to being a truly national charity and to developing strong links across the UK. Following the successful launch of Help Musicians Northern Ireland in November 2016, Help Musicians Scotland is planned for later in the year and a dedicated office in Wales is earmarked for 2018.
The charity’s future is brighter than ever. Earlier this month, a strategic global partnership between HMUK and the US-based not-for-profit Women in Music was announced. This collaboration will see two new chapters of the organisation set up in the UK—Women in Music Great Britain and Women in Music Northern Ireland. This further establishes the charity’s commitment to gender equality in music, and will aim to empower, support and represent all women in the UK music industry.
Richard Robinson, Chief Executive said: “I would like to congratulate and welcome Becci, David and Keith to HMUK and Christine on her new role. These appointments further establish our commitment to the music industry and those working within it. We are delighted to be attracting such talent.
“Few charities have the history and reputation of HMUK. Twelve months into our five-year plan, I am pleased to report that Help Musicians UK is already making great progress towards achieving all of our priorities.
“We have a creative programme that offers opportunities for musicians to develop their talent, skills and artistic experience throughout their career; we are focusing and providing more opportunities for musicians outside of London with the establishment of our regional offices; and musicians of all genres are now benefitting of HMUK’s services.
“This is an exciting time for HMUK. In the lead up to our centenary, we are in the midst of developing a broad range of national and global opportunities, with new appointments and carefully considered partnerships at the centre.”