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.

While we encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, an effort will be made to balance the skills of the current board with individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Fundraising and donor stewardship.
  • Government relations.

Previous board experience is highly valued, and preference will be given to those individuals who reflect Sled Island’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Additional skills of interest include the ability to develop strategic partnerships and build consensus. A passion for music and music festivals, Sled Island’s unique programming, making Calgary awesome and a commitment to the role of governance is essential.

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

Why Volunteer:

  • Be part of a music festival that’s at 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.


  • Attend regular monthly board meetings with the executive director.
  • Manage/participate in a board committee.
  • Provide governance and leadership for the festival.
  • Review monthly financial statements.
  • Support and participate in sponsorship and fundraising efforts.
  • Clearly communicate the role of the festival and ensure that its value and contributions are understood and appreciated by all stakeholders.

Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Passion and vision for the growth and sustainability of the festival in Calgary as well as the impact it has on its community.
  • An appreciation of the festival’s eclectic programming and independent spirit.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with the fundamentals of governance and the value of board leadership to an organization undergoing growth.
  • An open mind, with the ability to consider multiple and sometimes conflicting points of view in finding solutions.
  • High ethical standards.
  • An awareness of issues that impact the festival and the festival’s role in its community.
  • The ability to network, collaborate and engage with a variety of stakeholders.

How to Apply

We encourage candidates interested in this volunteer position to send a brief email explaining why it is an opportunity you would like to explore, along with your resume and a brief biography, to

Alternatively, you may reach out with questions or to have an exploratory conversation with a member of the Board of Directors before applying. Queries can be directed to Arif Ansari, Board Chair, at

Submission Deadline: November 5, 2019 at 4:00pm MST

About Sled Island

Since 2007, Sled Island’s thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have fused to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of more than 250 bands, comedy, film and art as well as over 40,000 attendees in more than 30 venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.

To learn more about Sled Island, please visit

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