Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is seeking volunteers interested in adding their dynamic leadership qualities to our volunteer board of directors. The board plays a critical role in the leadership and governance of the festival and is committed to principles of equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression. We recognize the systemic lack of representation of equity-deserving communities in the current non-profit art space (especially on governing boards), and strongly encourage members of Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities; people with disabilities; people identifying as LGBTQIA2S+ and women to apply.

We are especially interested in applicants who have experience with the local music and arts scene, or have prior experience in treasury/non-profit financials, fundraising, or municipal/provincial government relations. However, we are open to all applicants and previous board experience is not required.

A time commitment of approximately 10 hours per month is expected throughout the year. Additional commitment is required during the festival to support the staff.

Why Volunteer:

  • Be part of a music festival that’s on the forefront of venue-based festivals.
  • Work with an energetic board that shares a passion for supporting local artists.
  • Shape the diverse music and arts landscape of Calgary.
  • Help advance Sled Island’s work in EDIA and anti-racism (see our work to date at


  • Attend regular monthly board meetings.
  • Manage/participate in board committees.
  • Provide governance and leadership for the festival.
  • Review financial statements.
  • Support and participate in sponsorship and fundraising efforts.
  • Support Sled Island’s ongoing work in anti-racism and inclusion.
  • Clearly communicate the role of the festival and ensure that its value and contributions are understood and appreciated by all stakeholders.

How to Apply

We encourage candidates interested in this volunteer position to contact Arif Ansari, Board Chair, at

Submission deadline: March 24, 2023

About Sled Island

Sled Island is a charitable organization with the mandate of fostering understanding and appreciation of music & arts underrepresented in mainstream media, and to nurture the local artistic community through performance and educational opportunities. Our main activity is the presentation of the annual Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, a pillar of Calgary’s cultural calendar taking place each June, that brings together thousands of artists, volunteers, partners, and attendees from across the country and beyond. We also present year-round artistic and educational programming through numerous community partnerships, aimed at increasing awareness of Sled Island on an ongoing basis.

To learn more about Sled Island, please visit

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