About New England Conservatorium of Music
New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) is a highly respected cultural institution, founded on the belief that high-quality music education and music performance embedded in a regional community gives it unique cohesion, economic, and social capacity.

A significant contributor to the identity of Armidale and the New England, NECOM delivers 29,000 hours of classroom, ensemble and instrumental programs each year through a unique “conservatorium without walls” model connecting 7500 students across the Northern Tablelands.

NECOM also functions as a local concert presenter, with an annual program of events featuring visiting and local artists for audiences in excess of 19,000 – a significant achievement for a regional centre with a population of only 30,000.

NECOM was established in 2004 and has grown exponentially since then to provide an outstanding and diverse range of music education and performance programs in the Armidale and broader New England region. NECOM extends far beyond Armidale to remote locations such as Mungindi, Ashford, Delungra, Warialda, Bingara, Moree, Narrabri, Ben Lomond, Dundurrabin, Ebor and Walcha.

NECOM’s offerings are diverse, from early childhood to music therapy, from individual tuition to orchestras. These have received significant recognition with the 2013 national APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence in Music Education for New England Sings!, the 2014 Armidale Dumaresq Council Australia Day Cultural Award and the 2015 APRA Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Area.

Our Vision
NECOM believes that every individual has the right to experience and celebrate the joy of music because to do so enriches and builds communities.

Our Mission
To provide leadership and expertise in the delivery of outstanding music education and performances.

NECOM Strategic Priorities 2022-2025

  • To build and maintain quality programs that meet diverse community needs
  • To develop and broaden community engagement, accessibility, and diversity in NECOM programs
  • To attract and retain quality people and create a strong and positive workplace culture
  • To provide a safe, secure, and well-resourced environment and engage in an ongoing process of planning, development, and management of the physical resources of NECOM
  • To ensure NECOM engages in best-practice in governance
  • To raise awareness of NECOM as the leading provider of music education and performance in our region


NECOM is seeking expressions of interest to join our volunteer skills-based Board of Directors in one or more of the areas outlined below.

The key role of the Board includes, but not limited to

  • Optimise the performance of NECOM
  • Ensure that NECOM complies with relevant legislation, regulations and contractual arrangements
  • Setting broad strategic parameters as part of the triennial planning process and monitoring implementation against the strategic plan
  • Ensuring legal compliance and government funding body requirements
  • Approving operating budgets and maintain financial oversight
  • Advocating on behalf of the organisation
  • Attending and actively contributing at six board meetings per year

Key selection criteria

  • Relevant experience on a board, committee, or related capacity and/or preparedness and capacity to learn
  • High level of interest in and commitment to music performance and education outcomes
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to apply strategic thought and contribute to key issues
  • Commitment to the highest standards of governance
  • Preference for candidate to be located regionally
  • Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of board governance i.e.
    • Music performance and/or music education
    • Financial management
    • Strategic planning
    • Human resources management
    • Legal expertise, preferably in a not-for-profit organisation
    • Risk management

If you are passionate about music performance and education and have the capacity to steer and influence the future success of NECOM, please outline your contact details, knowledge, skills and experience addressing the key selection criteria in your application.

Please contact Greg Moin, NECOM Board Chairman or 0419 140 890.

Applications due to by Friday 3 June 2022