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Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity? Do you have a passion for arts and culture in Calgary? Have you been yearning to put your talents to work in the service of a great cause? If you are committed to supporting and celebrating New Music in Calgary, we are want to talk to you!

New Works Calgary was created when artist John Snow commissioned a composition by Allan Rae and discovered there were no performance opportunities for the piece. Surprised by this, John and his wife Kathleen sponsored a concert of new music by Calgary composers and musicians in April 1984, in association with the Canadian Music Centre, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Music Centre’s foundation.

The success of this concert encouraged John and co-founder Quenten Doolittle to continue with a concert series that would feature new works. As a result, the New Works of Art Calgary society was established in 1984 and has maintained annual concert seasons ever since.

New Works Calgary is now entering it’s 35th season. New Works Calgary’s mission is to present and produce the creation and performance of contemporary Canadian music through partnerships with composers, performers, organizations, and artists of all disciplines.

New Works Calgary is growing, by seeking volunteers interested in adding their dynamic qualities to our board of directors. We are looking for directors from a broad range of backgrounds that will help play a role in the leadership, governance, and stewardship of New Works Calgary.

We are seeking enthusiastic, engaged and creative arts individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Energetic and entrepreneurial business people, who are not already overextended with other commitments, eager to put their enthusiasm to celebrating creativity through development, marketing and communications, human resources, and accounting.
  • Community leaders and philanthropists willing to engage their peers to support New Works Calgary
    Astute governmental and legal advocates who can assist in navigating the political landscape of policy development, funding and legislation.
  • Scholars and academics who want to share their expertise in supporting the growth & execution of curriculums for educational outreach initiatives.
  • Individuals who have talent, joy and energy in assisting in the presentation of high-quality productions through volunteer management, patron services, box office, and production and stagecraft.
  • A knowledge or interest in contemporary classical music and artistic collaborations featuring local minds!

Responsibilities for directors include:

  • Attend periodically occurring board meetings, as well as the annual general meeting.
  • Support the activities of the organization by having a presence at New Works Calgary and partner events.
  • Engage with the board of directors, artistic director, and general manager. A time commitment of a minimum of 10 hours per month is expected throughout the year. Additional commitment may be required during the high times to support the operations of New Works Calgary.
  • Clearly communicate the role of New Works Calgary and ensure that its value and contributions are understood and appreciated by all stakeholders

To learn more about New Works Calgary, you can visit, or find us on social media using the handle @NeworksCalgary.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer board of directors, please send your resume and a brief biography explaining how and why you think you can contribute to our team!

If you have questions or would like to have a conversation before applying, please contact New Works Calgary President Simon MacLeod at

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